The Analyst (Monrovia)

Liberia: Robertfield Highway Closes Next Week -Police Say it's Temporary Security Measure

The Liberian government announced last week that it has the enviable opportunity to host the third meeting of the 27-person High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The panel includes heads of state and government. Analysts surmise Liberia stands to benefit enormously from the outcomes of the meeting, which focuses mainly on identifying the drivers of economic transformation that need due consideration in a future global framework. However, police said over the weekend that nothing worthy comes so easily and that the holding of the conference in Liberia requires Liberians to surrender a bit of their free movement to the security of the delegation. The Analyst, reports.

Ahead of the arrival of high-level world leaders to Monrovia, the Liberia National Police has issued traffic alerts to the vehicular traffic.

In a press release, the police said it would divert traffic from specified routes from January 29, 2013 to February 2, 2013, the dates of the conference.

Police says as per the traffic regulation it designed, only vehicles transporting delegates of the UN high panel from and to Robertsfield will use the Monrovia-Robertsfield Highway and that traffic coming from Robertsfield and surrounding areas will be diverted to the 15 Gate.

It said it would not allow any truck to ply the Monrovia-Robertsfield Highway. The police have further disclosed that it would divert traffic from Congo Town to the Airfield Community through Vamoma House, and that traffic from the city center moving toward Sinkor will be diverted to Jallah Town.

The regulation however said emergency vehicles are exempt. It did not say what qualifies as "emergency vehicles" – vehicles in emergency or vehicles designated to perform emergency duties such as ambulances.

Police however say all traffic coming from Paynesville to Central Monrovia will be diverted back to Paynesville through Red Light and Somalia Drive.

The police expressed regret for inconvenience the disruption of normal traffic will cause motorists, promising to do all for the free flow of traffic in and around Monrovia, said a police statement signed by Chief of Traffic John M. Saar.

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