Trans-Gambia Bridge Inaugurated
On January 21, after decades of delays, the leaders of Senegal and The Gambia inaugurated a new bridge crossing over the River Gambia. The project was originally designed in the 1970s, however ongoing regional conflict delayed the construction until 2015. Without a bridge, those who wanted to travel from northern Senegal to the southern Senegalese province of Casamance had to either take an unreliable ferry or a long detour around the small country of The Gambia. The long-awaited bridge will allow for much faster delivery of goods and services. The bridge is also expected to help improve social relations in West Africa. The toll-bridge, which is now open for cars, will open to transport vehicles by July.