The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Liberia (GoL) have dedicated a new Sanquin River Bridge in Sinoe County.
The construction of the two-lane, concrete-reinforced bridge, valued at US$2.5 million, is a joint effort between the U.S. and Liberian Governments. USAID contributed over US$2 million and the GoL co-financed the construction of the second lane of the bridge in the amount of US$500,000.
Speaking at a ribbon cutting ceremony April 24, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf highlighted the partnership and said “the successful completion of the bridge would not have been possible if both governments had not worked in unity to further such a vision that will benefit not only the people of Sinoe and Rivercess Counties but citizens and others plying that route.”
U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac said the U.S. Government is pleased to be part of the process. “We will continue to stand with Liberia to help achieve Vision 2030, which envisions a more prosperous Liberia.” “Bridges are very important because they open up corridors for trade and development,” Ambassador Malac said.
The Sanquin River Bridge, originally constructed with logs a decade ago, is located along the Buchanan-Greenville road, about 325 kilometers southeast of Monrovia. Construction of the current concrete bridge began in late 2011 and was completed in January 2013.
Lamda Consulting, a Liberian architectural firm, supervised the work of the Liberian construction firm Atlantic Engineering.