PARIS — Louis Berger has recently signed a five-year project management contract financed by local funds for the construction of the first segment of the Yaoundé-Douala highway in Cameroon. The total construction value of the project is almost €7 million ($9.35 million).
The road segment will connect Cameroon’s government and diplomatic hub in Yaoundé to the country’s economic center and deep water port in Douala. The current road between these cities is extremely congested and is one of the deadliest roads in the Central African region, characterized by its many curves, changes in road grade, poor maintenance and heavy truck traffic, including logging semi-tractor trailers. The improvements will result in a straighter 2-lane road motorway, safer and of better quality.
“The new 236-kilometer highway will lead to reduced travel time and will hopefully have a positive impact on the international transportation because Cameroon is a key transit country for the landlocked countries of Central Africa,” said Jean-Pierre Dupacq, head of Louis Berger’s operations in Africa.
Louis Berger has more than 50 years of experience in Africa and more than 20 years of experience working in Cameroon. The company’s work in the country includes 10 ongoing projects and more than 20 projects completed in the last 20 years. These projects have included a broad range of services from institutional strengthening, capacity building and training of the central public authorities, to pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, urban transport planning, regional transportation strategies, project management and construction supervision.
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