The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Somalia Drive Road Project Begins At Last

The long-awaited construction and expansion of the Somalia Drive road has finally begun. The project kicked up in the Battery Factory community.

A team of INQUIRER Reporters who visited the area observed that construction workers have put up road safety signs for pedestrians and motorists to be aware of the ongoing works along the road.

According to some of the workers who spoke to this paper, a fence is being constructed to serve as a barrier for expected traffic that the road works may create.

Workers also told this paper that a bridge in the community would be rebuilt as part of the construction of the Somalia Drive. They will be expanded and reconstructed to last for many years and to serve the country's growing population.

However, sources from the Ministry of Public Works said that an official ground breaking ceremony for the start of the works is to take place in the near future. Several residents in the Battery Factory community expressed happiness over the beginning of the Somalia Drive road reconstruction saying that the deplorable road condition has the potential of causing serious motor accidents.

James Dean, a resident of the community said that the road works that have started would ultimately make it easier for many who try to make their way to town in the morning or are returning home at night as traffic is expected to be reduced considerably.

Michael Suah, another resident in the area expressed hopes that economic growth would also be increased in the community as the construction of the Somalia road gets underway.

Many residents who also spoke to this paper said they are delighted that the long awaited road project has finally begun after several calls from residents in the community to have the Liberian Government make the rehabilitation of the road a priority.

The Governments of Liberia and Japan signed a US$50 million agreement for the reconstruction and expansion of Somalia Drive - an important highway linking the commercial sector of Red Light, in Paynesville, to the economic sector of the Freeport of Monrovia on the Bushrod Island.

Many Liberians have used the airwaves and several newspapers and radio talk shows to have the road reconstruction begin. Now many of them can breathe a sigh of relief as the long awaited road works has begun.

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