Essential Road Network Is Key To Social-Economic Development…Says Acting Public Works Boss

Acting Public Works Minister Victor Smith says, the Ministry under the stewardship of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will continue to improve the country’s infrastructure as a way of boosting socio-economic development for the benefit of all Liberians.  The Acting Works boss made these comments during the dedication of the newly constructed Clay and Guie bridges along the Monrovia-Bomi highway as part of the Ministry’s and partners deliverables during the July 26, 2013 celebration which was jointly hosted by the counties of Gbarpolu, Cape Mount and Bomi.

According to the Acting Public Works boss, the bridges construction was conceptualized, designed and supervised by the Ministry of Public Works while the financing amounting to US $ 1 Million was provided by Western Cluster as part of its corporate responsibility to the Liberian people.

For her part, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf while dedicating the bridge expressed her delight and appreciation for the great public-private partnership which has led to the realization of these meaningful constructions and said the result of this initiative is a clear manifestation of the benefit of working together.

According to, the Government Relations Officer of Western Cluster, Ansu Konneh, the bridges are reinforced concrete, properly designed and constructed to specifications with each having a lifespan of 100 years. Mr. Konneh told newsmen that the Clay Bridge is 14 meter long and the Guie Town Bridge is 21 meter long while the width of the two bridges is 11 meter. The Western Cluster Government Relations Officer said construction work on the bridges commenced in January 2013 and ended July 2013.

In a related development, the Acting Infrastructure boss speaking to journalists following the dedication exercise disclosed that the Ministry is on course with the Fish Town-Harper road pavement and that work will certainly commence this year. He also added that the feasibility study for the pavement of the Zwedru to Greenville highway is nearing completion and indications are that work may also commence on that corridor this dry season.

The Acting Public Works boss then thank the President for her vision, foresight and leadership in making sure that the country’s road, bridges and public buildings are being reconstructed with new ones being constructed as well, adding that , “there can be no socio-economic development and improvement in the livelihood of Liberians in the absence of  essential road network”.