Somalia Drive 2nd phase starts

Road engineers working on the Somalia Drive have begun working on drainages near 72nd intersection in Paynesville, kicking off Phase Two of the US$100 million project under the auspices of the Government of Japan.

The project is being executed under the supervision of the Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA.
Phase One of the project, which begins from Redlight, Paynesville to the Freeport of Monrovia has been completed and dedicated by President George Manneh Weah.

The foreign engineering company hired by JICA to execute the project has transferred sand, crushed rocks and steel rods on the site to commence operation.As a direct result of the ongoing work, vehicles and motorbikes plying the route from Redlight thru Somalia Drive are being directed to instead, use the completed side of the road to avoid traffic congestions.

However, many Liberians spoken to on the second phase expressed happiness and applaud the Government of Japan for its commitment to paving the road which has been causing serious traffic congestions because of its deplorable condition.

They say when completed, the road would assist in the reduction of traffic and enable free movement of both commuters and pedestrians.Martin Kerkulah, Annie Smith, and Joseph Boe, appeal to fellow Liberians to cooperate with all instructions by the construction company to ensure the work progresses without any hindrance.

They urge the government of President George M. Weah to prioritize the Somalia Drive project adding that if completed, the road will enable vehicles to easily and freely ply the route.President Weah broke grounds for the project’s second phase early this year following his inauguration as 24th President of Liberia in a colorful ceremony held in Redlight, Paynesville.

By Emmanuel Mondaye -Editing by Jonathan Browne

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