The Governments of Liberia and Japan will today sign two sets of agreement for the reconstruction and expansion of the Redlight to Freeport.
In what could be one of the biggest accomplishments of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's tenure as President, the Redlight-Gardnersville road is poised for a radical transformation from a rugged, dilapidated two-lane road to a modern -4-lane highway, the first of its kind in Liberia's recent history.
According to Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, the expected four lanes road will decongest traffic in the Gardnerville area and increase the free flow of traffic and the movement of people through the Freeway corridor.
The 13.2 kilometers road is to be reconstructed in its entirety from Freeport and the Bushrod Island junction to the Redlight junction to meet international standards and to improve the living and working conditions of the people in the area.
According to a Ministry of Public Works' dispatch, the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Naoto Nikai accredited near Monrovia, will sign the Exchange Notes concerning the Detailed Design of the project while a grant agreement will also be signed between the Government of Liberia and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) represented by Mr. Fuyuki Sagara, Senior Representative of JICA Ghana Office; which in effect is responsible for bilateral cooperation in Liberia.
Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, Foreign Minister is expected to sign both agreements on behalf of the Government of Liberia with the Minister of Public Works and other dignitaries in full attendance.
It can be recalled that negotiations were concluded for the project during the president Sirleaf and Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods visit to Tokyo mid last year while attending the annual meetings of the Bretton Woods institutions.