The Sierra Leone Roads Authority and the Contractor CSE Company have launched the first phase of 87 metres steel beam over the Magbele Bridge in the esteem presence of the Director of the National Authorising Office (NAO) Ambrose James at the Magbele Bridge site along the Freetown-Masiaka Highway.
The new Magbele Bridge is part of the EU funded Moyamba-Moyamba Junction Road and Bridges Project. The bridge is a two lane with 163 metres span composite of steel girders and Reinforced Concrete Deck Bridge over the River Rokel. The bridge which cost over 6 million Euro is part of the €40.7 million Moyamba-Moyamba Junction Road and Bridges project funded under the European Development Fund as part of the EU’s support to the Key Infrastructure project in Sierra Leone.
The bridge aims at improving the road link between Freetown and the Masiaka Highway, thus facilitating access to the North-West, North-North and Eastern areas of the country. It benefits will include reduced vehicle operating costs, travel time, and increased rural development.
Works on the bridge were delayed due to travel restrictions of experts as a result of COVID-19 outbreak. Works have resumed in full swing and the bridge is expected to be completed at the middle of this year.