Construction work for the Abidjan to Dakar Highway project is now starting. The highway will eventually connect seven West African countries, including Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, the Gambia and Senegal. Costing an estimated US$13 billion the highway is intended to feature six lanes between Cote d’Ivoire’s capital Abidjan to Senegal’s capital Dakar. According to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Abidjan to Dakar Highway will itself be part of the larger Trans-Africa Highway project running from Nigeria’s commercial centre Lagos, to Abidjan. The section of the Trans-Africa Highway through Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Togo and Nigeria, has already been built. Funding is being supplied jointly by the ECOWAS nations and this will is one of the largest highway projects in the whole of Africa.