The Ministry of Public Works has listed four counties: Bong, Grand Bassa, Nimba, and Lofa to benefit from the modern auto sealed pavement program intended to maintain quality roads without regular routine maintenance.
Deputy Minister for Administration at the MPW, Roland Lafyette Giddings emphasized that the project which is valued at USD$24 Million is been funded by the government of Liberia and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Addressing yesterday the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Giddings intoned that the project was carved to solve numerous problems of road maintenance occasioned by the rains. According to him, the new auto sealed pavement technology is not unique to Liberia and it prevents water from permeating the roads during the rainy season. “We have too many rains in Liberia, and it destroys roads constructed. We will explode this new technology because it has succeeded in countries with similar weather conditions like Norway,” Giddings indicated. He said the program has four years lifespan and it is labor intensive, adding that it is expected to benefit the citizens by the providing jobs for hundreds of residents within the targeted counties. “We, at the Ministry of Public Works, are enormously committed to ensuring that citizens have the needed and unhindered access to their farms and markets by erecting and maintaining the best quality roads to support their initiates,” he said. The new auto sealed technology, Giddings said, will be used for feeder roads and it is less expensive compared to asphalt roads in terms of valued funds spent by the government of Liberia on road maintenance.