New Democrat (Monrovia)

14 January 2013

Liberia: Buchanan Road Ready in June

The long awaited road connecting Monrovia to Buchanan which is currently undergoing construction exercise would be ready by June this year, said Song Lei, Acting General Road Manager of the China Henan International Corporation (CHICO) Group Limited.

"By June 5th, 2013, this road (Buchanan Highway) would be completed and ready for use by the people of Liberia," Mr. Song said.

The Buchanan road which connects

Monrovia to Grand Bassa, Margibi, Rivercess and other parts of the country, have been under massive construction over the past one year.

The project is being funded by the World Bank and the government of Liberia. The road is also a major route for goods that are exported through the port of Buchanan to other parts of the world.

There have been doubts amongst citizens and other business individuals who usually ply the road about its quick completion as CHICO continued to undertake the construction of major bridges that connect the road.

The durability of the current road is a conjecture. CHICO was last year heavily criticized for performing "poorly in the construction of roads within the city of Monrovia." The streets of the capital were paved in 2010 and 2011 but were soon found to have numerous pot holes and other structural damages.

But during a tour of the Buchanan over the weekend, Mr. Song called on Liberians to change their perception about the company and remain calm as they carry out their work on the Buchanan highway.

He said CHICO is a company that truly believes in the development of Liberia. "We are not here to exploit you. We are here to develop and rebuild this nation as one of Africa's best."

Mr. Song noted that although there are existing challenges that currently undermine their work on the Buchanan highway, the road would be one hundred per cent ready by June, 2013.

"We are confident that this road would be finished on time. We are fixing the road in accordance with the international best standards. It would be one of the best roads in Liberia, "he said.

He disclosed that CHICO has all the resources and equipment that would make their products or roads to satisfactory serve its users. "The Buchanan road would definitely be an example of that."

"Basically, we have resources for the work. Our aim is to make sure that our products satisfy the users. If government can absolutely control the usage of this road, it would last longer. It would last for more than two decades," he assured.

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