Amidst Crunching Hardship Sierra Leone To Construct Most Expensive Bridge In Africa
The Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) PAOPA led government of President Julius Maada Bio is about to undertake the most expensive infrastructural project in the history of Sierra Leone and the most expensive bridge in Africa.
The Lungi bridge which is estimated to cost $2.1 billion, if constructed, the Lungi will be the most expensive bridge in the African continent and one of the most expensive bridge in the world.
The Director of Government Infrastructure, Dr. Tambe, has told the world that the Lungi Bridge when constructed will be used as TOLL. He furthered that the TOLL will not be charged per vehicle as the traditional method demands but by person. Meaning, if a vehicle carries five passengers, all those five passengers will pay individually.
Dr. Tambe furthered that they expect ten thousand vehicles to ply the Lungi Bridge per day. He also explained on Shadow tolling for business places leading to the Lungi Bridge to also pay.
Many citizens have received the Lungi bridge information with mix feeling. Others say, the bridge is too expensive and it’s not economically viable and it will be very expensive for the ordinary citizen to pay for.
While others say, it’s good to have the Lungi Bridge as it will network Port Loko and Freetown, adding that this will help to decongest Freetown and boost tourism.
“Say what you may, the Lungi Bridge is overpriced. For an 8km (5-miles) to cost $2.1billion is completely out of place” said a local engineer in Freetown.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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