President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf dedicated a US$8.23 million dollar bridge in Caldwell, Montserrado County on Sunday afternoon as hundreds of jubilant residents defied a heavy down-pull of rain to witness the dedicatory ceremony held in the open at the entry of the Jake Milton Bridge.
Technicians announced at the ceremony yesterday that the bridge was designed to last for hundred years; but Public Works Minister Mr. Gyude Moore alarmed that people are in the habit of undermining bridges here for sand.
President Sirleaf expressed appreciation to the World Bank through its representative Inguna Dobraja and the Minister of Public Works Mr. Gyude Moore and his team for how they have worked over a long period of time.
Mrs. Sirleaf says the bridge now makes the lives of the people of Caldwell easier, saying their patience, commitment and support made the work possible. She thanked a Chinese construction company – CHICO, supported by Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Mr. Zhang Yue for all they have done, before calling up CHICO workers and commercial motorcyclists that she said had suffered for so long to appreciate them.
The Jake S. Milton Bridge is named in honor of Liberia’s former Interior Minister under the Tubman administration from Caldwell. Public Works Minister Mr. Moore cautioned residents of Caldwell, New Kru Town and Montserrado County at large to take care of the bride, citing an instance of how people were undermining a bridge over the Stockton Creek, the very river over which the Jake Milton Bridge is also constructed.
At least a small number of young people holding placards tried to cause distraction before and after the ceremony for claims that they did not appreciate the bridge because it was constructed in a curve, adding that the road leading to the bridge was narrow and had no drainage.
But addressing complaints against the Logan Town to Duala Road, Minister Moore promised that the Ministry of Public Works will correct the problems this dry season from Logan Town to Duala. The World Bank Country Manager to Liberia Inguna Dobroja said the dedication of the bridge was a manifestation of the continuous support of international partners to Liberia and its development priorities.
By Winston W. Parley – Edited by Othello B. Garblah