The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Transport and Aviation (MoTA) applied for an IBRD/IDA/World Bank credit facility, which is to be used for the implementation of the Integrated, and Resilient Urban Mobility Project (IRUMP).
The Integrated and Resilient Urban Mobility Project (IRUMP) is aimed to improve accessibility, resilience and road safety in selected areas and enhance the capacity to plan and manage urban transportation in the city of Freetown.
The project was implemented on two corridors; the West corridor which encompasses No. 2 River, Lumley through Wilkinson Road, Main Motor Road, Siaka Stevens Street, Wallace Johnson Street, and Gloucester Street Central Business District, and the East corridor which covers; Central Business District Corridor through Sani Abacha Street, Kissy Road, Fourah Bay Road, and Bai Bureh Road to Jui Junction. Totaling a length of 60km and a total map area of 9 sq-km.
As one of the objectives of the project is to modernize public transport in Sierra Leone with Freetown as the pilot area, TYB was contracted by the Ministry of Transport and Aviation to carry out a drone survey to detect, depict and analyse corridors that are encumbered with temporary and permanent infringement on the Right of way, such as; infrastructure, hawkers, electricity poles, drainages, illegal or legal ongoing construction, pedestrian sidewalks, water pipes but to name a few.
The outputs obtained from the survey; drone pictures, CAD drawings, reports, and a monitoring platform, will aid the Ministry of Transport and Aviation in determining obstructions to the flow of traffic especially at peak times. With over 3000 images captured and 600 obstructions identified; this data will inform authorities of any safeguarding issues which can be used in planning and future management of the public transport route.
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