The Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan has been turned into a vast construction site as a sophisticated traffic system takes shape.
GV EXT PAN TO: Construction workers on site. (TWO SHOTS)
CU: Crane loading earth into back of lorry.
SV: Construction company signs PAN ACROSS construction site.
SV: Warning signpost.
SVs: Road in use. Heavy traffic. (THREE SHOTS)
GV: Town centre.
GV AERIAL: Town crossroads.
GV PAN: Bulldozer on site.
In August, the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Nigeria and Morocco signed an agreement to improve telecommunications between West Africa and Europe. In July the Union of African Railways Equipment Commission met in Abidjan to discuss standardisation of railway rolling stock to create an African network.
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Background: The Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan has been turned into a vast construction site as a sophisticated traffic system takes shape.
SYNOPSIS: Financed with capital from development countries and aid from the World Bank and the European Investment Bank, the work began last April. One major autoroute is expected to be completed shortly and will be officially opened by French President Giscard d'Estaing.
The new roads will speed travel around the suburbs of the rapidly expanding city, and greatly improve links to the airport and to surrounding towns.
A French company has been in charge of work on the construction of the major autoroute link between the airport and Abidian. Some 600 workmen and 50 engineers have been employed on the job, using dozens of large earthmoving machines and up to 100 trucks. When completed, the road will be 15 kilometres long with three lanes in each direction, plus a buslane and a pedestrian way
A great deal of money is being invested, too, in the latest traffic control light and equipment. It is part of the country's aim to improve communications generally.