The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Buchanan Highway to Be Completed in June

The Buchanan Highway rehabilitation is expected to be completed by June 5, 2013 to help boost the country's economy by creating more jobs and opening the road that leads to the country's second largest port. Making the disclosure over the weekend the Acting Road Manager for the China Henan International Cooperation Group Company Limited (CHICO), Song Lei said because the work is already ten days ahead of schedule, Liberians can rest assured that the highway would be completed by June 5, 2013.

Speaking at a CHICO sub-office along the Buchanan Highway, Mr. Lei said that statistics have shown that there's a 35% increase in traffic per year on the road and that the 9.5m wide road that the company has constructed is up to international standards and will last for more than 20 years.

He stated further that CHICO crew will be rehabilitating the urban section of Buchanan and many residents in that part of the country have adhered to the concerns by the Ministry of Public Works about structures that are on the road. He also sent out a message for everybody to work along with the company to ensure that the road is completed so that more jobs and revenue could be realized in the county.

CHICO Acting Road Manager said the 55.86km road when completed would have taken twenty-five months, even though the projects biggest challenge was the rain that was the highest that it has ever been in the past nine years.

He added that another challenge that the company is faced with is that some unscrupulous persons are constantly stealing road signs along the road. "Road signs that read 'Men at Work', 'Slow Down', etc are put there to save life and properties and should not be removed but the company is working with the proper authorities to curtail the action," Mr. Lei asserted.

The completion of the ongoing road rehabilitation on the Buchanan Highway which stretches from Compound One to Buchanan Port in Grand Bassa County as surmised by economists will be one of the greatest accomplishments that the Government would have achieved in its mandate of restoring Liberia back to a social, economical and developmental leader in Africa.

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