New Democrat (Monrovia)

20 December 2012

Liberia: Critical Road Access for Bong, Nimba

Plans are underway for rehabilitation of feeder roads and improvement of road networks in Nimba, Bong and Lofa Counties to ease transportation difficulties as well as provide job opportunities for thousands of jobless youths in rural Liberia.

The initiative also aims at fulfilling government's policy on capacity building for Liberian engineers as well as providing opportunities for increased employment of young people, including learning opportunities for new skills required in road construction.

Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods disclosed the initiative Tuesday saying several road networks in Lofa County that have not been touched since the civil war will be connected.

"Our commitment is unwavering to development targets set in our infrastructure plan-of-action to construct, rehabilitate and maintain road infrastructure to stimulate the needed economic growth, create jobs for both youths and adults and provide critical access for the movement of people and goods throughout the country," Mr. Woods said.

He said the 15.5 km road between Mapong Hill and Gbansue Sulonma and the 22km road between Gboyea and Kankalanta in Bong County will be done.

The 40 km of Totota-Piata bridge, the 31 km highway between Phebe and Gbonota Gwainyea, and the 14.65 km Gwainyea-Cow Farm are also listed for construction.

In Nimba County, the 17.42 km Yarsonnah-Payee road, the 19.45 km Nengbein-Yelekoryee road will be constructed.

Other areas of concentration are the Suakarzue-Yelekoryee road connecting Flown Road, the Zorgowee-Dulay road, the Zuluyee-Yehbo road and the Sanniquelle-Vamyapa road.

Roads targeted for construction in Lofa County include

Voinjama-Barkedu, Voinjama-Bolongoidu, Voinjama-Kugbemai,Voinjama-Jailamai, Tanu Moinato Kpasagizia.

Others are Borkeza-Kpassagizia, Salayea-Zolowo-Makesu, Salayea-Tinsu-Fassawalazu, and the Kpasagizia-Guinea Border road.

All constructions will be implemented under the Swedish Feeder Road Project (LSFRP) corporate agreement between the governments of Liberia and Sweden.

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