Bad Roads Imposing Difficulties

By Our Staff

Many roads in Monrovia and its suburbs are becoming impassable owing to the deplorable conditions of these roads. The situation is contributing to traffic jam in parts of the city.

On a daily basis, thousands of people are stranded in their attempts to commute to and from work in the city daily as a result of slow traffic; largely owing to the narrowness of the routes to and from the city.

During a tour of various parts of the city on Tuesday October 13, to assess the congestion of the traffic, hundreds of vehicles were seen completely stalled while others were moving at the slowest pace.

Some of the drivers who spoke to our reporter said the traffic condition was so frustrating that it usually constrains them to move at less than five kilometers per hour which is less than the speed of those walking on foot.

Parts of the city toured by the Inquirer News team were from Central Monrovia to Point Four Junction, by way of Vai Town, Clara Town, Freeport; and from Freeport to the commercial district of Red-Light and from Relight, back to Central Monrovia.

While taking shots of the scenes of the bad road conditions in Red-Light, an angry crowd nearly attacked the Inquirer’s Photographer, Kennedy Zobah, raining insults at him when they mistook him to be an agent of government.

The citizens were trying to vent out their anger on the government for allegedly not doing anything much to improve especially the condition of the road in the Red Light community despite its visibility.

With the number of vehicles plying the streets now said to be increased to as many as twenty-five times the prewar number, the bad road situation appears to be worsening especially during the wet seasons because of heavily loaded vehicles.

However, acknowledging the constraints facing government, some citizens feel that the government can still do something to fill the many pots holes, which are making travelling difficult in parts of the city and its environs.

Recently, when Public Works Minister Gyude Moore appeared before the plenary of the Liberia Senate, he disclosed that it will take government a little over US$2 Billion to put asphalt on the lead highways connecting all cities across the country.

According to him, some US$781M was spent last year for maintenance works just to rehabilitate the highways linking major cities across Liberia, noting that a similar amount will continue to be wasted on rehabilitation every year unless such gravel roads were replaced by asphalt.