10 Significant Projects That Were Completed In Africa In 2014

2. Abidjan Bridge, Cote d’Ivoire

One of Cote d’Ivoire’s biggest projects in history has been completed this year. A $300 million bridge in Abidjan now connects the two halves of the city through the Ébrié Lagoon.

The bridge, 592m long, is part of a more complex motorway development between the lagoon, Bulevard Mitterand and Bulevard Giscard d’Estaing, totalling a 6.7km route. The project, financed partly by Africa Finance Cooperation (AFC) from Nigeria, is an important achievement in Cote d’Ivoire’s capital, which struggles with good infrastructure. Connecting the port area by an expressway will significatly improve the time taken for goods to go in and out of the country, a blessing especially to the cocoa producers – the world’s biggest. The bridge, however, will not be free. The french group Bouygues which built the bridge wants to impose a toll for motorists of about 500 – 1,000 CFA francs ($1 – $2). Many say this might be unaffordable to the general public.