MPW To Commence Coastal Highway Construction Early 2020
The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has disclosed that by early 2020 it will begin pavement of the chunk of the Liberia coastal highway between Sinoe and Grand Kru counties in a bid to advance the country’s economic development and transformation.The coastal highway project which will be funded through a US$50 million loan obtained from the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) will support government’s effort to enhance road connectivity for residents living along the selected sections of Sinoe to Barclayville in Grand Kru County.
It can be recalled that in December 2018 the government of Liberia and the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) signed an aide memoire which represents a firm commitment of EBID to put at the disposal of the government, US$100 million to be used for the construction of phase one of the coastal highway project.
However, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance signed an initial US$50 million loan agreement with the bank on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, during the Board of Directors meeting held at the Bank’s Headquarters in Lome’, Togo.
Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency recently, Public Works Minister Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan stated that the MPW has already deployed contractors to keep the coastal highway corridor open and they will begin the concrete pavement early 2020 as a means of supporting economic transformation necessary to sustain growth and reduce poverty.
Nyenpan indicated that the coastal highway road project will ensure the establishment of commercial and agricultural activities, promoting development and improving access to market.
“This project will bring relief to Liberians in accessing social services, advancing economic development, especially to people in the coastal region who are most of the time isolated from the rest of the country due to poor road connectivity,” he said.
According to him, the project will also help to reduce transport fare along the coastal highway route, acknowledging that the bad road condition has caused a huge increment in transportation fare along the Sinoe-Grand Kru County corridor.
Nyenpan told LINA that bad road along the coastal region has placed major hindrance on the residents, noting that it has also prevented the country’s development.
The MPW official noted that unpaved roads also serve as an impediment for the movement of goods from one place to another and as well crumbles the growth and development of a country.
Nyeapan noted that the road is in a deplorable state at the moment, disclosing also that travelling from Sinoe County to Monrovia transporters are charging up to L$10,000 in a taxi and L$15,000 on a motorbike.
“When we pave that coastal highway, citizens travelling along that route will no longer pay such fare,” the Public Works Minister said