Cameroon – Infrastructures: Deforestation works of the Yaoundé-Douala Highway completed at 95%

Disrupted for reasons related to the release of rights-of-way, deforestation work resumed on the route of Phase 1 of the Yaoundé-Douala motorway, in particular from kilometer 40 to kilometer 45.

According to the Ministry of Public Works (Mintp), deforestation has achieved a 94.99% execution rate from KP (Kilometer Point) 00 to KP 40. Pickling work is completed over the first 38 km and is underway From kilometer point 38 to kilometer point 40. Similarly, the access path of the section from kilometer 00 to kilometer 40 is completed.

The Mintp noted that 56 scuppers were completed by 31 March 2017 and 11 others are under construction. Two passes are also completed while another is running. It is also reported that construction work on two bridges is under way and is being carried out at the foundation level, with 20 completed piles.

Obstacles encountered in March 2017 included the release of rights-of-way from KP 40 to KP 60, problems related to the importation of significant quantities of steel with respect to import restrictions of this metal and the high costs of steels coming from Cameroon and the payment of the accounts of the Chinese company First Highway Engineering.

The project to build the Yaoundé-Douala motorway aims to build a modern road network of approximately 215 km between the two most important cities of Cameroon.

The overall cost of the works is CFAF 284 billion. The overall construction work on the Yaoundé-Douala motorway is completed by 30% by the end of January 2017.

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