Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Works has announced a detour around the landslide that cut off the Douala-Yaounde highway on October 21, according to reports from Cameroon’s state-owned CRTV station.
The landslide virtually halted automotive traffic between Cameroon’s two largest cities. CRTV is reporting that a 15-km rural road in Matomb in the Nyong and Nkelle Division of the Centre Region will soon be rehabilitated to serve as deviation from the Manyai spot where the Yaounde – Douala highway split last Friday.
Officials at the Ministry of Public Works made this announcement, indicating that negotiations are ongoing with a Chinese construction company to rehabilitate the road alongside five bridges to which traffic will be diverted.
Work continues on the broken spot few days after it was officially opened for traffic and according to reports, the road has gained its initial width.
As part of the Ministry of Public Work’s policy to maintain national highways, over 300 metallic coverts will also be replaced along the Yaounde – Douala stretch.
CRTV report by Eleanor Ayuketah