Vinci awarded €97m road construction contract in Cote D'Ivoire
French construction group, Vinci Construction, has announced that Sogea-Satom, a subsidiary of the group, has been awarded a contract to restore a 93-kilometre stretch of between Dabou and Grand Lahou in Cote D'Ivoire.
The “Coastal Road” between Dabou and Grand Lahou connects the two main port cities of Cote D'Ivoire, Abidjan and San Pedro.
The project involves restoring 93 kilometres of road, widening the road over a 10 kilometre section ahead of Dabou, and improving the drainage and wastewater network to reduce the risk of flooding.
According to a press release posted on the website of Vinci Construction, the wells drilled as part of the project will eventually be connected to the public water system that serves the town of Toupah in southern Cote D'Ivoire.
The road construction project, which is worth €97 million, will last 15 months, involving on average 450 people, 50% of whom will be employed as a priority from the local region.
Renovating this road is expected to enhance safety and reduce congestion between the two major cities of Abidjan and San Pedro, as San Pedro prepares to host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2023.
Vinci's press statement noted that Sogea-Satom has operated for many years in Côte d’Ivoire, working in particular on upgrading the fishing port in Abidjan, bolstering the drinking water distribution system in Abidjan, building the Songon and Saint Viateur drinking water treatment plants, building a road connecting Bouaké and Ferkessédougou, and building the Yamoussoukro stadium, where games will be played as part of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2023.
Top Photo: Courtesy of Vinci Construction