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Bamako Urban Transport Project

Last update: May 20, 2024 Last update: May 20, 2024


Start Date:Apr 1, 2021
End Date:Dec 30, 2021
Contract value: USD 70,000
Sectors:Transport, Urban Development Transport, Urban Development
Categories:Consulting services
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Date posted:May 20, 2024

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The perimeter of the Bamako District consists of 6 municipalities (covering 26,750 hectares), and the urban agglomeration extends to the neighboring municipalities of the District, belonging to the Kati circle (115,250 hectares).

The ever-increasing need for land reserves has led to the city expanding beyond its administrative limits and spilling over into the outskirts of Bamako through the proliferation of subdivisions and spontaneous neighborhoods.

This uncontrolled growth, combined with the imbalance in land occupation between the two banks of the Niger River, has become a source of traffic congestion due to excessive commuting to the city center and a source of social segregation. The new unplanned neighborhoods lack proper infrastructure.

The urbanization of the city logically follows the major road corridors leading to the city center. The urban fringes have now reached or almost reached the natural barriers of the hills around Bamako.

The urban sprawl of the city has resulted in Bamako suffering from a high ground density, leaving little to no space for green areas and large squares in the heart of its urbanization.

The three main issues to be studied in this study are:

  •       Urban mobility and accessibility to the city center of Bamako;
  •       Crossing the Niger River and exchange between the two banks;
  •       Freight transportation within the city.

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