The Swedish Rural Road Project has commenced major rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads in Nimba County, beginning with the Sehyikimpa-Karnplay road, the Liberia News agency has stated.
The rehabilitation started Tuesday (Dec 11), according to Assistant Nimba County Superintendent for Development, Teeko Yorlay.
The Pacific Construction Company will rehabilitate the 15 km road connecting Sehyikimpa to Zor Gowee, while the Solid Rock Company will do the 12.5 km linking Zor Gowee to Karnplay.
The Assistant Superintendent said the project, which started manually in November with road-side brushing, will last for nine months.
He said the road will not be paved but will be graded to ensure easy transport of goods and enhance free movement of the people.
The project is being implemented with funding from the Liberia-Swedish Feeder Road program, Superintendent Yorlay said.
The Ministry of Public Works along with engineers from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) will work with the County authorities to monitor the project, he said.
The Liberian Swedish Feeder Road Project is a model of Liberia's rural road infrastructural development and the rehabilitation of feeder roads.
The LSFRP project initially started in Bong and Lofa Counties and is now extended to targeted communities in Nimba County.
The road project is expected to benefit over 1,067,000 persons in the three Counties.
The projects' overall goal is to contribute to the reduction of poverty in the country and to ensure a sustainable road access in communities in Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties and to enhance their livelihood potentials in the agriculture sector.
The project includes the rehabilitation of at least 500km of roads by 2014, to increase the Government of Liberia's feeder road management capacity.
Since 2009, Sweden has invested at least US$32 million in the LSFRP. By December 2012, some 200 km (105.7 km in Bong and 91.3 km in Lofa) feeder roads have been rehabilitated and 30 re-enforced concrete bridges completed.