The NEWS (Monrovia)

31 December 2012

Liberia: Damaged Bridge Creates Death Trap

A cross section of Bong County Citizens and commuters from lower Nimba County are appealing to government to immediately address the deplorable condition of the Bllenganla Bridge in Bong County.

The bridge is the only route linking citizens from lower Bong and Nimba counties to Monrovia.

Speaking to The NEWS, the citizens expressed fear that if nothing is done by the government to replace the plank bridge with a concrete one, it would cause the loss of lives.

The bridge, according to the citizens is at the point of collapse due to the defectiveness of the planks used to build it.

The citizens, mostly business people told this paper in an interview that the planks were rotten and can no longer withstand the weight the of vehicles conveying passengers.

They noted that the lives of citizens in vehicles plying on the bridge during night hours are at serious risk because the planks can give up any time.

According to them, most of these vehicles are heavy duty trucks. A resident of Bllenganla, the town which the Bridge was named after, Madam Musu Kollie said the bridge is the only means through which citizens from lower Bong and Nimba counties can transport their products to Monrovia.

She explained that because the bridge is no more guarantee, passengers are usually advised by drivers to get down and cross in order to reduce the weight on the vehicle.

Emmanuel Saye, a businessman from lower Nimba County, alleged that the bridge has been abandoned for a very long time and there was a need for quick intervention.

Mr. Saye wants those concerned to quickly act and safe lives and properties.

Meanwhile, a reporter of this paper who just returned from the area said the condition of the bridge is deplorable and that something needs to be done urgently.

According to him, sticks serving as foundation for the bridge were gradually being eaten by water, which poses citizens' lives at risk.

He said the bridge was critical to economic growth in both counties because it allows citizens to transport their goods to Monrovia.

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