Repair works on several feeder roads linking various districts, towns and villages in Lofa County have been completed. According to the Resident Engineer (RE) of Lofa County, Mr. Robert Gibson, the newly completed roads are of great guarantee than the previous roads.
He said the culverts and bridges were constructed with concrete instead of the corrugated metal pipes (CMP) and log bridges previously used in the past. He said the Ministry of Public Works had banned the usage of the CMP and log bridges, warning that any company caught using them should be reported to the Ministry immediately.
Speaking further, Mr. Gibson named the completed feeder roads as the Voinjama-Jallamai road, Lawalazu-Vezela road, Voinjama-Bolongalidu road, Voinjama-Barkedu Road, Bazagizia road, Borkeza junction-Kpargisia road, and the Salayea-Zolowo road, Salayea-Tiene/Markesu-road.
Mr. Gibson also named those nearing completion as the Voinjama-Kugbema (80%), Tarnue Manie Dorbor Village-Bazagizia (90%) and Salayea-Tiensue/Markesu-Fazawalazu road (70%). The resident engineer of Lofa County added that the Honeyyahn-Nyandimolahum is 30 percent done.
The funding for the construction of the feeder roads were provided by the Government of Liberia (GoL) and the Government of Sweden. The project was implemented by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The SIDA feeder road projects, which are taking place in Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties, Deputy Public Works Minister, Christian G. Herbert, said will benefit over one million Liberians directly of indirectly.
He said the GoL is providing US$3.5M, while the Government of Sweden is providing US2.5 M for the feeder roads projects. He said by July of next year (2013) SIDA will turn over 500KM of feeder roads to the government through its works done over the years.
Meanwhile, the citizens of Lofa County, especially those from the districts, towns and villages where the feeder roads were repaired, have lauded the Ministry of Public Works for what they (citizens) described as a relief for them.
According to them, their farm produce will now be easily transferred to the markets. "We are happy to have these roads fixed for us. Before then, we spent more than three to four hours from Voinjama here, but now it takes us only 45 minutes to get here," said a resident of Vezela, who spoke to our reporter.
"This is a happy news for all of us, as citizens of Lofa County, to have these feeder roads linking our various towns and villages. I want to use this opportunity to urge our citizens to take ownership of these projects. Let us join hands in doing side brushing and other maintenance works on these roads. Government alone can't do all," pointed out the Town Chief of Mamai Town.
Prior to the repair of these roads, he said the areas were not accessible to vehicles, adding only motorbikes could maneuver their way through.