A local child rights advocacy organization, Fore-runners of Children’s Universal Rights for Survival, FOCUS is worried about the deteriorating condition of the Gabriel Johnson Tucker Bridge linking the western suburbs of Monrovia to the main city center.
FOCUS said its concern stems from the fact that the knots that once tightened the main bridge to the pillars on the banks of the Measurado River, have become nightmare as a result of rapid disintegration of the steel irons, thus widening the gaps at both edges of the bridge daily.
In a letter dated 16 November and addressed to the Minister of Public Works, William Gyude Moore, the advocacy group said the Gabriel Johnson Tucker Bridge is one of the major routes of thousands of commuters in the Monrovia area and if this apparently distressing problem is not toppled appropriately, it may disrupt free flow of traffic and commercial activities at the disadvantage of dozens of commuters and motorists.
“If not checked, when the situation gets out of control, it may impose further economic hardship on the already poor Monrovians and probably hinder the smooth collection of government revenues”, the release read.
FOCUS said it has learnt with fear that since the bridge was constructed during the 1979 OAU Summit in Liberia 35 years ago, it has rarely been maintained. Meanwhile, the child rights advocacy organization is appealing to Minister Moore and his team of engineers to prioritize reconditioning the damaged portion of the bridge, which it described as “cradle of conveyance.”