Four Bridges Under Construction in Benghazi


The Benghazi Reconstruction and Stability Committee continues its efforts to construct four new bridges in the city, following a partnership agreement with the Egyptian company, Wadi Al-Nile.

The construction timeline is set at six months. One of the ongoing projects includes the construction of an iron bridge on Al-Wahda Al-Arabiya Street.

The bridges currently under construction include two suspension bridges at the intersection of Venizia Street and Al-Hawari Road, in Benghazi.

The third bridge is being built in conjunction with a tunnel at the intersection of the Airport Road, and the residential area project.

Lastly, the fourth bridge is being constructed at the intersection of the Airport Road and the Dollar neighbourhood.

Notably, Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced a significant upgrade for the Sallum land crossing. This development is viewed as a pivotal move that underscores Egypt’s commitment to enhancing trade relations with Libya.

During his visit to Marsa Matrouh, El-Sisi detailed plans to establish a dedicated logistical zone near the Sallum crossing, covering an area of 250-300 acres. This area is intended to specifically aid commerce between Egypt and Libya, a nod towards the importance of the bilateral trade relationship.

Highlighting the ongoing efforts, El-Sisi said, “Our focus on the Sallum port’s enhancement over the past four years is a testament to our intent. The development ensures that our interface with our Libyan partners is not only efficient, but also modern and dignified.” He further emphasised the transformative projects already in place, which are set to provide a major boost to the region.

Libyan traders and travellers have previously expressed concerns over the conditions at the Sallum landport. With an echoing sentiment, Suleiman Al-Harari, Head of the Internal Affairs Committee in Libya’s Parliament, called for an intensified collaboration with Egypt to ensure improved facilities and attention to the concerns of Libyan nationals.

On 11 April, the Libyan-Egyptian Joint Chamber of Commerce highlighted the congestion of cargo-laden trucks at the border, appealing to officials at both the Sallum and Emsaad border points to intervene promptly to mitigate the crisis. However, Egyptian authorities stated that infrastructural projects are underway to simplify procedures, and encourage bilateral trade.

The Sallum land crossing stands as one of the most vital border crossings between Egypt and Libya. Strategically positioned along the Mediterranean coast, this port of entry has historically been a key facilitator for the movement of people, goods, and services between the two North African neighbours.