The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved US$ 184.79 million to begin the construction of the 9,022-kilometre Trans-Sahara Highway (TSH), a statement by the Bank in Abuja said on Tuesday. The money would involve construction and asphalting of 565 kilometres of roads linking the main axis and the Chadian branch of the TSH and for the construction of a 543-meter-long bridge on the River Niger at FariÉ. It also involves the construction of 3 kilometres of access roads, and the construction of infrastructure to ease transport and transit at the Algeria / Niger and Niger / Chad borders. The entire road project aims to facilitate overland trade and regional integration between the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), Economic communities of West African States (ECOWAS), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
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