The Ministry of Public Works has broken grounds for the construction of alleys from the Eternal Love Winning Africa or ELWA Junction to the Roberts International Airport.
The ministry at the groundbreaking held in Monrovia over the weekend, put the cost of the project at US$5.6 Million, supported by the Government of Japan.
It said the Japanese government has in the last couple of years demonstrated increased support to the Government and people of Liberia.
Japan has helped Liberia in her transport and urban infrastructure development agenda through the approval of two separate grants to the Government of Liberia.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony, Public Works Minister, William Gyude Moore, said that there are 42 alleys along the ELWA-RIA Highways and that the construction will expand those alleys about 150 feet wide to be completed in three years.
“Lot of Liberians have been concerned about land use and planning activities along the ELWA-RIA corridor. We like to say to all Liberians that this government led by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is committed to ensuring that the route to our airport is properly zoned, well expanded and improved thus giving it the befitting appearance it deserves as the link to our international airport,” the minister said.
Commenting on the grant, Minister Moore indicated that it is being funded from the Japanese Monetization Program or Counterpart Value Fund (CVF) to support the Liberian government to properly layout communities along the ELWA to RIA road corridor.
According to him, activities will include securing the right of way for a four lane carriage way from ELWA to RIA, opening of alleys and corridors within comminutes along the road corridors, including installation of sidewalks, among others.