USAID-Liberia has made available US$50 million for the construction of feeder roads in four counties including: Bong, Lofa, Grand Bassa and Nimba with the contract being awarded to Cardno Americas, an Australian based US Company.
Speaking to a team of journalist over the weekend at the launch of the Feeder Roads Alternative and Maintenance Program (FRAMP) program in Monrovia, the head of Cardno Americas, Mark Swatek, said his company is an Australian based international engineering company that has worked all over the world. Swatek indicated that his company has the workforce of over 3,000 persons across the world and has worked in the following areas: transportation, environment, mediation, research, social development, amongst others. The Cardno Americas boss noted that the four years project signed with USAID and the Government of Liberia is under the program: “Feeders Roads Alternative and Maintenance Program (FRAMP) that is intended to rehabilitate 450 kilometers of feeder roads connecting markets and villages in Bong, Grand Bassa, Lofa and Nimba Counties. He said “the construction of the roads will begin next year dry season. “We are to finish the completion of those roads, oversees the construction of them, and to do a research program to look at various methodologies for providing safety on those roads to keep positive during the rainy season,” he said. The Cardno Americas President disclosed that they are going to establish about 40 different community-based organizations to be responsible to maintain about 30 kilometers of roads. The construction of the roads will greatly help the country especially for those marketers, students, and sick people in getting to their various locations very easily, he said. For his part, Public Work Minister Gyude Moore noted that the roads to be constructed in those counties are very important and as such they are using five different methods to investigate how to construct those roads. Minister Moore applauded USAID through its FRAMP program to underwrite the cost of such a worthy cause for the country. However, he called on the National Legislature to quickly pass the road maintenance fund. “If this is done many roads will be maintained without funding from the government,” Moore said.