To enhance free movement of people in Western Liberia, Western Cluster Limited (WCL) has completed the construction of six new bridges/culverts in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties valued more than US$ 1.5 million.
The construction works, funded by WCL, were executed by a road construction company CHICO under the technical guidance and supervision of the Ministry of Public Works.
Two Bailey [Prefabricated Steel] Bridges located in Klay and Guie Towns in Bomi County which were originally constructed under the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Quick Impact Project in 2004 along the 70 km Monrovia to Tubmanburg Road were replaced with permanent concrete bridges.
The bridges are expected to be inaugurated by Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, as part of the July 26 Independence Celebrations scheduled to be held in Western Liberia.
Moreover, WCL has also constructed four new concrete culverts in Gola Konneh, District, Grand Cape Mount County, replacing derelict timber bridges that made it impossible for vehicles and pedestrians to freely travel across them.
Grand Cape Mount County Superintendent, Imam Mohammed Passewe said, “The bridges have actually come as relief to the people to Grand Cape Mount. Villages that were disconnected are now reconnected.”
Mr. Samuel F. Brown, Superintendent of Bomi, also lauded WCL for the bridges and other Corporate Social Responsibility programs it has been undertaking for Bomi County.
“Western Cluster Limited has been a true partner to the people of Bomi County and the bridges construction did not come as a surprise to us. The company has been assisting the county immensely through other projects like hand pump project, free medical service among others that are benefiting our people”, Superintendent Brown said.
For his part, Atul Mittal, Executive Director of WCL, said the company decision to construct bridges is meant to enhance economic activities in counties within its concession areas.
“This is a partnership between the WCL and the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works in addressing the infrastructure needs of the Liberian people especially the residents of Western Liberia whose activities have been negatively impacted due to inadequate road infrastructure”, he said.
Mr. Mittal also noted, “Western Cluster Limited, as an iron ore concessionaire, seeks to build better relations with local communities in Western Liberia through the undertaking of projects that will impact the lives of people living in these areas”.
Further partnering with the authorities of Bomi County, WCL has also completed the rehabilitation and expansion of streets in the city of Tubmanburg, the venue of the Official Program commemorating Liberia’s 166th Independence Anniversary.