The Autoroute de l’Avenir
The Marathon Eiffage de l'Autoroute de Dakar route will take the runners along the Autoroute de l’Avenir, the 1st Toll Motorway of West Africa. An infrastructure designed, funded, constructed and run by the Eiffage Group, as part of a 30-year concession granted by the Senegalese government.
The first section of the Autoroute de l’Avenir linking Dakar to Diamniadio was opened on 1 August 2013 by the president of the Senegalese Republic, Macky Sall, after nearly five (5) years of works and 148 billion FCFA in investment.
As part of its infrastructure development policy, and in response to the increasing congestion in the Dakar area, the Senegalese government decided in 2009 to award the construction and operation of the 25 km motorway between Dakar and Diamniadio to the Eiffage Group, after an international tender process and intense competitive and transparent discussion.
The project company was specially created by Eiffage to ensure the funding, design, construction and operation of the Dakar-Diamniadio Motorway. Eight hundred (800) people were mobilized for its construction. To manage the motorway, Eiffage recruited and trained 240 people locally, whose average age is 33.
Since it started, the concessionaire alone assumes the risk traffic. It also ensures project maintenance and replacement on behalf of the government during the complete duration of the concession agreement.
Direct impact for the Senegalese economy, a model of public-private partnership (PPP)
For Dakarois, the opening of the Autoroute de l’Avenir has seen a real revolution. Just 15 minutes now to link Dakar to Diamniadio; saving 90 minutes on the entire Dakar/suburb journey and a saving of 7 litres of fuel (6,000 FCFA) for a small car.
The motorway has over 40,000 vehicles per day, with almost 25% of users that use the Rapido automatic access card.
A first in infrastructure in West Africa, the Autoroute de l’Avenir is considered as a reference in terms of public-private partnerships (PPP). Once again trusting in the Eiffage Group, the Senegalese government has granted Eiffage a new concession of 16.5 km between Diamniadio and the new Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) which will be finished and opened in 2016.
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