Construction works have commenced on three major concrete bridges in three districts in Grand Cape Mount County.
The constructions of the three concrete bridges are taking place in Kaylia, Porkpah District, Tallah in Commonwealth District and Diah in Tewor District.
The bridge projects are being funded by the Japanese Government through its Commodity Value Fund, CVF.
When completed, the double-span reinforced concrete bridges will increase access, promote trade, lead to reduction in prices of basic commodities in the county, especially during the rainy season.
“This is a glorious opportunity, we are very happy. God has answered our prayers to solve the bridge problem over the Mannie River”, Elder Momo Fahnbulleh of Diah Community limited during a tour of the projects last weekend.
Elder Fahnbulleh also commended the government through the County Administration for selecting Diah Community as the beneficiary of such a project. “From monkey bridge, we are now moving toward a modern concrete bridge”, the Elder recalled.
Engineers say construction work on the Diah Bridge is well on course with more than fifty percent of the work being completed already.
In Porkpah District, the Kaylia Bridge will link the district with other major parts of the county including the mineral-rich Western Cluster Belt which covers the Mano River Congo, Kongbor and Dambala.
Kayliah Town Chief Madam Hawa Vaye said the bridge is their primary focus right now. “When it is completed, our children will have free way to and from school across the Kaylia River, it will ease transportation problem especially during the rainy season”.
The female Town Chief said this condition usually triggers increase in prices of basic commodities.
For his part, Hon. Lawrence Brown, Commissioner of Porkpa Administrative District, expressed happiness for the project, describing it as a relief to his community.
Meanwhile, Grand Cape Mount County Superintendent Imam Paasewe has demanded quality and timely completion of the projects.
Superintendent Paasewe warned that it was no time for delay and that he and his team would ensure compliance by contractors working on all three bridges.
The Grand Cape Mount Superintendent was speaking when he convened a meeting with contractors in Senji over the weekend.
He said the meeting was intended to discuss issues arising from the projects and also set timeline on each deliverable relating to the projects.
Hon. Paasewe then lauded the Japanese government for sponsoring the construction of the bridges and praised the central government of Liberia for its support to the people of Grand Cape Mount.
Two Liberian owned construction companies namely Associated Builders Contractor INC(ABC) and Quality Engineering & Standard Technology, (QUEST Inc) were hired to carry out the projects.