Addressing the fifth session of the 53rd national legislature on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, the Liberian leader informed the legislators that roads and bridges do not only connect counties and communities; they are the links to opportunities and prosperity, noting: “When we can travel quickly, cheaply and comfortably from one county to another, it does not only afford us another place to visit; it affords us a new market”.
She however observed that the cost of construction and maintenance of roads is very high especially due to climatic conditions, and that work can only be done on the roads for a period of at most six months in a year.
The Liberian Chief Executive narrated that in order to get a full glimpse of progress made on road projects around the country, citizens are encouraged to drive from Coca Cola Factory to Gbarnga; from Fishtown to Harper (not yet finished), from Kakata to Bong Mines, from Ganta to Yekepa, and for the first time to the Guinea border.
“In Monrovia and around Monrovia, please drive from Duport Road to Parker Paint, drive on the Neezoe Road or the AB Tolbert Road; drive along the SKD Boulevard or the Tubman Boulevard or along our various avenues,” she said.
She stressed, “it is also easier, smoother and safer to travel from Monrovia to the Mount Coffee Hydro through Caldwell- thanks to the recently completed and dedicated Jacob Samuel Melton Bridge. See for yourselves the progress we have all made together”.
She stated that the closure of the once famous Belle Yella Prison, via a new road penetrating the dense forest which for many years isolated the people of Belle Yella from the rest of Liberia’s development remains an unforgettable experience, as many citizens in these remote parts were seeing vehicles in their towns for the first time in their lives.
“Feasibility studies are concluded for most of the inter-county roads. This includes the entire Gbarnga to Mendekorma Road for which financing has been concluded for the first phase. In eighteen months we expect to have several of the neighborhood roads of the capital city paved”, she stated.
She indicated that the Freeport to Redlight road, including the Stockton Creek Bridge, now under construction will be completed in that arrangements have already been concluded to start, within this period, the second phase which will result in a four-lane road we have planned will soon commenced.
“Feasibility studies are also ongoing or near completion to expand the ELWA Junction to Coca Cola Factory, Ganta to Zwedru, Zwedru to Fish Town, Buchanan to Greenville, Barclayville to Pleebo and Sanniquellie to Cote d’Ivoire”, she intoned.