Filed Under (General, Malian culture) by Rob on 27-09-2011

Yes, after two and a half years’ work, the New, New Bridge is finally open, just to the east of Bamako city!

Woohoo! Here’s hoping it will ease up the traffic in town, which is often quite bad during rush hour (see this post for an example). It was a gift from China to Mali and, apparently, cost over 60,000,000 US Dollars!

For photos of the construction work in action, click here or here.

It was officially opened last Thursday (22nd September), the day of Mali’s 51st anniversary of independance. Click here and here to see the inauguration ceremony.

Here’s a picture I took of the 1.6 kilometre long structure a couple of months ago. Impressive (but it does have a bit of a bend to it!)

Finally, enjoy this YouTube video I made of our first ever crossing of the bridge (NB to save time/bandwidth, I sped up most of the video – I didn’t actually drive at that speed!)

Thanks for reading/watching!

1 Comment posted on "Hooray for the Third Bridge!"
anne on September 29th, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

looks fun.
we went on the queen eliz bridge, dartford crossing today, that was fun too, and lovely views in the mist.