Construction of the much talked about Lungi Bridge that will span mainland Freetown and Lungi has been confirmed by sources in the Presidential Infrastructure Office.
The 7km long bridge will link the Lungi area to Freetown passing over the estuary of the River Rokel, and according to sources, construction work will likely begin in September next month.
After re-evaluation of the cost of building was done, the cost dropped from Le2 billion to around Le1 billion.
Benefits of the Bridge include providing a shorter route to the north-west part of the provinces and to Guinea and landlocked countries beyond in facilitation of inter-regional trade and commerce.
It can be recalled that in December 2019, the Office of the President Infrastructural Initiative (OPII) and the French Construction Company EIFFAGE made a day visit to the project site.
The visit was to conduct a visibility study on the proposed project site to identify the possible two abutment location and also to conduct an underwater survey that will determine the underwater features and topography.
According to the Presidential Adviser and Head of Infrastructural Affairs Office of the President, Dr John Tambi, the visit was in continuation of the construction of the bridge.
He explained that the government is trying to construct a bridge that will last one hundred and twenty years as long as it is maintained.He furthered that visit involvedvisibility and detailed design.