Frequent power outages pose risks for companies operating without backup power supplies and high data tariffs and interruptions in internet services hinder businesses’ operational efficiency. Telecommunication operating costs remain high, and service is slow and subject to black outs due to constant maintenance. In addition, the road system is heavily trafficked and can become impassable during the rainy season due to lack of drainage. Twenty new urban roads are set to be constructed across the Greater Banjul Area, and the main highway running north and south is set to be expanded into a modern four-lane road with sidewalks for pedestrians. Timelines for when these projects will be finished are not yet confirmed. The recently constructed Senegambia Bridge, connecting northern and southern Gambia across the river, has provided a vital step in the development of the Trans-Gambia corridor within Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The Banjul Port project aims to meet present and future traffic demand at the congested port of Banjul through rehabilitation and expansion of port infrastructure, but the project has not yet made noticeable progress.
Other major infrastructure projects include:
- The Banjul Rehabilitation Project aims to invest $35 million to rehabilitate 37 km of roads and improve the drainage and sewage system in the city of Banjul.
- The $75 million Basse-Fatoto Road Project will construct a 50 km road from Basse through Fatoto and Koina.
- The second phase of the Trans-Gambia Corridor Project will include reinforcing the pavement on 24 km of the Farafenni–Senoba road and fill any gaps that may exist in the Phase I Joint Border Post (JBP) construction.