The General Seyni Kountché Bridge over the Niger River in Niamey – Niger is progressing well. While visiting the construction site, Niger’s President Issoufou Mahamadou commends the level of progress so far and the quality of work being executed by the Chinese Contractor.

The Chinese-funded project will be the 3rd bridge over the Niger River in the country. China is funding this project with USD 78 million, and plans to deliver in 2020. This project started in July 2018, and has been creating hundreds of jobs for locals in the area.

The Niger River is the principal river of West Africa, extending about 4,180 km (2,600 mi). Its drainage basin is 2,117,700 km2 (817,600 sq mi) in area. The Niger is the third-longest river in Africa, exceeded only by the Nile and the Congo River (also known as the Zaïre River).

“The total length of the project is 3.6 km. The main bridge will be 928 m long. Part of the work for the foundations and scuppers has already been completed. For the bridge on the river connections, we completed about 50% of the work for the piles. We will begin work on the lower structures of the piles and the beam.” – Xigui Deng, China Harbour Engineering Company.

When completed, it will have a double-lane road on opposite directions of traffic. And the bridge will connect the Goudel and Lamordé districts located west of Niamey, but separated by the Niger River.The project has also created much-needed employment in Niger’s capital.

Source: CTGN

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