The President of sierra Leone, Dr. Siaka Stevens, opened a new bridge over the Little?
The President of sierra Leone, Dr. Siaka Stevens, opened a new bridge over the Little Scarcies river at Mange on Friday (19 March).
The bridge, which is 1191 feet (363 metres) long, was built with help from the Chinese government. President Stevens said it would be an important link in the chain of friendship between the people of the two countries.
The steel-reinforced bridge replaced a ferry which had become inadequate to serve the increasing traffic on the road which led to fertile farmlands between the Little and Great Scarcies Rivers. With the construction of another bridge at Kambia which is being jointly financed by Sierra Leonee and China, travelling time to neighbouring Guinea will be considerably shortened.
Dr. Stevens stressed the significance of the experience gained by Sierra Leone engineers and technicians from the Chinese, especially in the use of local materials for modern construction. He said such experience was vital for developing countries where the supply of modern construction materials was short in relation to the tempo of development.
After officially opening the bridge, President Stevens and the Chinese ambassador, Mr. Tsung Ke-Wen, drove across it on a car
SYNOPSIS: A new bridge over the Little Scarcies River at Mange Town, in Sierra Leone, which has been jointly financed and built by the Sierra Leone government and the Chinese. The bridge is one of two both governments are jointly building in Sierra Leone.
It's nearly twelve hundred feet long and thirty feet wide, and is built of steel reinforced concrete. The bridge, and another one now under construction at Kambia, will considerably reduce travelling time between the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown, and neighbouring Guinea.
President Siaka Stevens, officially opening the bridge, said it was an important link of friendship between the two countries.
Afterwards the President joined the Chinese ambassador, Mr. Tsung Ke-Wen, in a ceremonial drive across the bridge. President Stevens said Sierra Leone would benefit from the experience gained in the use of local materials for modern construction.