The new Minister of Public Works, Mr. W. Gyude Moore, has said that the Caldwell Bridge which work was postponed due to the Ebola scourge is expected to be completed On August 12, 2015. Minister Moore said most of the projects being undertaken by the Government of Liberia (GOL) are far behind due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) thus his administration was adding aggressiveness and innovation to the execution of these projects.
Minister Moore said the contractor on the Caldwell Bridge was running one shift a day but he had asked that they increase their work schedule to two shifts a day which if properly implemented will lead to the completion of the Caldwell Bridge by August 15.
The Public Works Minister who was addressing a news conference yesterday at the Ministry of Information said the contractor and engineers will work under the supervision of his ministry to ensure that the quality of the bridge is not compromised.
He also noted that contractors working on the Monrovia Ganta road project are working satisfactorily and the side of the project from Gbarnga to Ganta will be completed before the advent of the dry season.
However he noted that the portion of the road beginning from Red Light to Gbarnga might not be completed but at a level of 85 percent before the rains.
The youthful Public Works Minister who is satisfied with the project also noted that he will soon take a team of journalists on a tour of the road project.
Minister Moore also said in the press conference that his ministry will soon begin reconditioning the Somalia Drive (Gardnersville Road) by taking off areas that are damaged to allow a free flow of traffic in that part of the city.
He said besides reconditioning the Gardnersville Road, the Ministry of Public Works will also widen the shoulder of the road to enable the free movement of pedestrians and traffic while the government awaits the construction of the two lane pavement by the Japanese Government.
Minister Moore disclosed that efforts to construct the Somalia Drive ‘two lanes’ may start at the end of March as he is in discussion with the contractor and other officials of the Japanese government relative to the road project.
In a related development, Minister Moore has disclosed that government will soon embark on the construction and the rehabilitation of 25 community roads from Congo Town, Paynesville and Gardnersville in a bid to bring relief to people residing in those areas before the rainy season.
The Public Works Ministe noted that government is also prioritizing other feeder roads project and the rehabilitation of some major highways in the hinterland.