Moyamba-Moyamba Junction Roads & Bridges Rehabilitation Project

Place Moyamba Region
Country Sierra Leone
Client National Authorising Office (NAO)
Team Politecnica (Leader), Ambiente s.c. (Member), Idroesse Infrastrutture (Member)
Assignment Detailed design phase for architecture, structures
site supervision, health and safety coordination in the construction phases
Dates of services 2012 - 2013

The Project

The Moyamba-Moyamba Junction roads & bridges rehabilitation project is considered as the largest infrastructure development project in Sierra Leone.

The project developed by Politecnica is funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) and is divided into two phases. The first phase involves the rehabilitation of the 32.8 km-long road between Moyamba and Moyamba Junction, which will be transformed into a class 1 all weather asphalt road. This first project includes the restoration of two bridges, one over the 36-metre Gbangbaya River and the other over the 42-metre span Yambatui River.

The second phase involves the construction of a double-lane bridge with a span of 163 meters over the Rokel river (Magbele bridge) and a new 231-meter double-lane bridge over the Ribi river (Mabang bridge).

The project will contribute significantly to relaunching the social and economic growth of the country, by creating national and international road networks that are safe, reliable and sustainable. The new infrastructure will serve to reduce travel times, accidents and vehicle operating costs between the Moyamba and Freetown districts, improving the road link from Freetown to Conakry and the Northern Province through the construction of the new Magbele Bridge.

Politecnica attaches to the Moyamba-Moyamba Junction Road and Bridges Rehabilitation Project a value which goes beyond a simple engineering project. These works, being carried out in the developing countries regions, have in fact a primarily social value: they ensure more comfortable travel and easier human interaction, foster local economies and very often offer greater opportunities for local communities.

Politecnica initially, following the rules of EDF funds and EU procedures, approached all the preliminary topics implementing the economic, financial, environmental and social analysis, which were essential to draft the project. In this first phase, various meetings and visits were also held with the aim of involving all local communities for in-depth understanding of the needs.

After the first phase end, in 2013 Politecnica took on the role of general coordinator of the entire project including all the involved parties, assisting the client at every stage and dealing with all road design tasks and the works management currently underway.