Almost all national commerce passes through Douala on the NR3 highway that crosses the city. Connecting east and west, Yaounde and Douala, the port and the airport, it is one of the main roads of Central Africa.
But roadway infrastructure has been deteriorating for many years, traffic is oversaturated and transit time can take several hours during peak periods. This situation not only threatens the economy, but also the most vulnerable of users, including moto-taxi passengers and pedestrians, who risk their life each day with infrastructure that has come to be dangerous.
It did not take long to get a response from the Cameroon authorities. Three worksites were launched to rehabilitate NR3 access east and west of Douala and build a second bridge over the Wouri River.
Completed in 2017, these projects have allowed redesigning over 30 km of roadways in the city center. With broader roads, landscaping and roadways tailored to different types of uses, this infrastructure facilitates urban travel, improves travel safety and enhances the living conditions. The project has also created a substantial number of jobs. The Ministry of Public Works and AFD, the main program supporter with a contribution of 300 million euros, have promoted the use of local skills and know-how.
This project has boosted the local economy and, above all, enabled the men and women of Cameroon to work towards the development of their country. As worksite supervisors or engineers, they have contributed to making the project a reality. They tell us their story.