New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: Pavement of Rural Streets Begins Dec. 22

Government has announced the pavement of city streets and the construction of feeder roads throughout the country beginning with Voinjama, Lofa County, known as the Breadbasket of the country.

The project, valued at U$5.5m, is a cost-sharing project between the Liberian government and the government of Sweden, and will be done under the auspices of the Liberian-Swedish Feeder Road Project (LSFRP).

The amount will be spent for the construction of reinforced concrete slabs with expansion joints and concrete drains and the project will be completed within three years.

The project stemmed from a cooperation agreement between the Government of Sweden and Liberia since 2009 in which Liberia has invested over US$32m in the PSFRP for the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of feeder roads and other types of infrastructure in 'breadbasket" counties to boost agriculture productivity, create jobs and increase access to farm and markets.

China-Liberia Incorporated and several Liberian construction companies will carry out the project, Public Works Minister Kofi Woods disclosed.

Making the disclosure in a conference room of the Ministry of Public Works, Minister Woods said, Vice President Joseph Boakai would lead an array of government officials to Lofa County shortly to break ground for the project.

The minister said, under the cost sharing arrangement between Liberia and Sweden, Sweden will provide U$2,179,043 to pave 2.56 km of road while Liberia will provide U$3,256,279 to pave 4.3 km of the city streets.

"The Liberia Swedish Feeder Road Project is expected to benefit over 1,067,000 persons in Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties as well as impact the overall ECOWAS sub regional transport sector plan which the Government of Liberia is committed to," Minister Woods indicated.

He said the Vice President will also dedicate 152.65 km of feeder roads in Lofa County that were completely rehabilitated in 2012 and currently being used by residents of the county.

The rehabilitation works include grading and the construction of new concrete bridges, the installation of reinforced concrete pipe culverts as well as box culverts, Mr. Woods said, adding: "This investment is a major fulfillment of government's policy to change all log bridges to reinforced concrete bridges and all corrugated metal culverts to reinforced concrete culverts."

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