Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Yaoundé-Bafoussam-Babadjou road: government begins work on death trap axis

The government has started major work on this "heavy axis" of 241Km.

The Yaoundé-Bafoussam-Babadjou axis was not better off. Narrow and winding, it was strewn in places, not just potholes, but a muddy crater which distorts the road and forces drivers to fight over a thin strip of bitumen. A situation at the origin of multiple hecatombs. Aware of the recurrent shortcomings observed on this road axis of the country and their harmful effects on the good economic health of Cameroon, the public authorities have launched a vast repair project. The work started several months ago mainly concerns the rehabilitation of the Yaoundé-Bafoussam-Babadjou axis (241 km). 

This project, part of the Transport Sector Support Program, phase II funded by the Cameroonian Government and the African Development Bank, puts an end to the suffering of Cameroonians. Subdivided into three lots, this site is evolving at an exponential rate. “Lot 1, Ebebda-Kalong (63.75 km) including the construction of an interchange at the Obala junction is held by the Enterprise CGCOC Group. The delay consumption rate to date is 74% for an overall execution of 59%, including major developments on the road axis and on urban roads in the cities of Monatele, Ombessa and Bafia. In lot 2, Kalong-Tonga (67 km) managed by the company SINOHYDRO, the rate of execution of the works is 63% for a lead time consumption of 76%. Lot 3, the work of which is carried out by the China Railway Company No. 5, covers the Tonga-Bafoussam-Babadjou route (110.242 km). The rate of execution of the works is 11.43% for a time consumption of 61% with various road works being carried out in Bafoussam and Mbouda and the construction of the hydraulic structures along the route. 

The SAFEGE central Africa-SAFEGE / SPEA Engineering grouping ensures the control and supervision of these works ”, informs our source at the Ministry of Public Works. To date, a hundred kilometers have already been completed. At this rate, traveling the Yaoundé-Bafoussam-Babadjou axis will no longer soon be the cross and the banner. This is why the passengers of this axis do not have enough words to congratulate this government initiative implemented by the ministry of public works.

The rehabilitation works on the Yaoundé-Bafoussam-Babadjou road have the following characteristics: 7 m of asphalt concrete roadway, 1.5m x 2 of developed shoulders, replacement of at least 80% of the safety works (barriers and bodyguards) heavily degraded on the shelf, the construction of 246 scuppers of all sizes to replace the existing nozzles: (i) lot 1 (73 scuppers), (ii) lot 2 (108 scuttles) and (iii) lot 3 (65 scuppers) and the provision of some socioeconomic improvements and the raising of the level of service of roads opening up production areas. Emphasis is placed on the development of municipal roads in various municipalities along the first two lots, notably the Communes of Ombessa, Bafia, Bokito, Kiiki, Ndikinimeki, Makenene, Kon-Yambetta and Nitoukou, 

During discussions with the project teams at this meeting, preparatory measures were taken to recognize the routes with a view to launching work to raise the service level of these secondary axes.