The government of Senegal represented by Mansour Faye, the West African country’s minister of Infrastructures, Transport and Opening up, commissioned the Lobatt Fall flyover, on N1 national road at the exit of Pikine, a city in the Pikine Department of Dakar Region and the second-most populous city in the country.
Entrusted to Matière, a family-run engineering company with its headquarters in Arpajon-sur-Cère, France, the construction of the Lobatt Fall flyover commenced back in April 2020 and has cost more than a total of over US$ 16M.
Part of an ambitious program to build 18 bridges and flyovers in Senegal
The infrastructure which has just been opened to traffic is a part of an ambitious program to build 18 bridges and flyovers in certain localities in the West African country, 13 of which will be constructed in the Senegalese capital Dakar that is facing serious urban traffic problems.
The said program requires a total investment of approximately US$ 250.9M, and it began in August 2018.
The Lobatt Fall flyover is the third to be opened to traffic under the program following the 2×2 lane flyovers at Keur Gorgui’s Cité and at Saint-Lazare. The Keur Gorgui’s Cité flyover has an overall length of 202-metre and it has been operating since April 2020, while the Saint-Lazare flyover has a length of 404-metre and it was inaugurated in July the same year.
Matière is in charge of the construction of all the 18 structures.
Expectations for the program
A total of 5,390 linear meters of bridges and 11 km of the slip road will be built in order to relieve the congestion of Dakar traffic, which is particularly dense at certain times of the day.
The other bridges planned in the south and east of the country will open up the regions to the population and local economic development.