Works Minister outlines major road projects
By: Kruah Thompson
The Ministry of Public Works says ongoing primary road projects across the country totaled about 4,526kms. She said they include Gbarnga to Salayea road, 51km, Ganta to Saclepea 39km, Ganta to Sehkepa 66km, Fish Town to Kalokean 80kms, Sanniquellie- to- Loguatoua 47.1km, and Mardina to Robertsports, 12.1kms, respectively.
Minister Ruth Coker Collins did not give details of total road construction across the entire country, yet she confirmed ongoing primary road projects and emphasized the need to rehabilitate secondary community and public buildings, bridges, and other infrastructural projects across the country.
Minister Collins told the media that her priority is to expand counties’ connections through primary feeder roads, while keeping focus on achieving the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development into the five years National Development plans to cover the period from July 2018 to June 2023.
At the same time, she outlined her ninety-day development plan for the ministry by affirming government’s plan on road connectivity, adding that the ministry has also initiated a lot of community roads, including roads linking Tappita to Toe town, Toe town to – Zwedru, Putuken to John David town, Salayea to Konea, Vionjama to Markoma and Barclayville, respectively.
Speaking during the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing on Thursday, July 7, 2022, the newly confirmed Public Works Minister revealed that funding of US$55 million for the Voinjama to Markoma road has been provided by the African Development Bank and the Government of Liberia for feasibility study.
She lauded the African Development Bank for contributing to the development of Liberia through the financing of road connectivity across the country while disclosing that the road leading from Kalokean to Fishtown is expected to be dedicated in December.
She lauded the ministry of finance for the road fund project, adding that the Public Works Ministry has begun a 20km pavement of the road from fish town to Kelepo, a 15 million dollars road project sponsored by the National Road Fund, which started in August 2021 and is expected to be completed by 2024.
Crucially, she concluded by assuring Liberians that the ministry has completed designs for the over-pass bridge and a team of engineers will arrive in the country to begin work in October. Editing by Jonathan Browne