The Ministry of Public Works has announced here that all road construction projects across the country will resume effective October. Public Works Minister, W. Gyude Moore, making the pronouncement Tuesday, said government has allotted US$23 million for ongoing road constructions and additional $4million for maintenance.
Addressing reporters at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill, Minister Moore noted that Liberia lacks adequate road network. According to the minister, of a total of 10,000kilometers of roads in Liberia, less than 1,000 kilometers are paved.
He said the US$23 million allotted for his ministry is insufficient to build roads across the country, stressing that roads need at least US$100 million per annual and 2.2 billion for the next 20years. Minister Moore added that more than 80 percent of the heavy traffic is experienced in Monrovia and its surroundings so the construction exercise will resume with roads in Montserrado County before going to other counties.
He said already, the Police Academy Road and the Samuel K. Doe Boulevard have been completed, and the shoulder for the Somalia Drive Road will be restored to allow free flow of traffic. Meanwhile, The Public Works boss has disclosed that following a meeting between President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan during the recent WAW summit in Tokyo, the Japanese government has promised to return in October to start the two lean roads along the Somalia Drive.
Minister Moore said, the Government of Liberia has accordingly compensated residents who have houses and businesses along the road, so when the project kicks off, nobody would be there. The Barnersville Junction to Dixxville road, which started earlier, but did not complete, will be completed by October, according to the minister, including streets in Sinkor, Monrovia and the Dry Rice Market-Johnsonville Bridge on the outskirt of the capital.
The minister stressed a need to generate funds for road maintenance exclusively with the country demarcated into five regional zones for easy access. Moore said Liberia needs concrete pavement, which lifespan is about 30years with less maintenance.
By Ethel A. Tweh – Editing by Jonathan Browne