Ministry of Public Works Receives 500K For Relocation Exercise In Overhead Bridge Construction
By Diedre S.Tarwo & Marie Willie
MONROVIA, Oct.14 (LINA) – The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has received US$500,000 from the Government of Liberia to initiate the route payment for the demolition exercise along the Congo Town belt.
It can be recalled that some months ago, the China Railway in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works approved the contract for the construction of a 2km quarter two overhead bridge from SKD Boulevard to Ministerial Complex in Congo Town.
Following the agreement in July, the Ministry of Public Works held the first demolition meeting with the residents of SKD Boulevard and residents around the Ministerial Complex.
Speaking Thursday at the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) the Acting Minister of Public Works, Ruth Coker Collins also provided updates on several roads projects across Liberia and other departments.
She said the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Public Works, is expected to complete 277.66km of roads in the next dry season.
The Public Works boss also disclosed that the government has begun the disbursement of resettlement benefits to properties owners along the RIA route.
Minster Collins added that about 297 properties owners have been paid, 30 properties owners pending compensation, and 6 properties owners returned payment while 159 properties owners withheld due to actual ownership issues.
Meanwhile, she disclosed that the Coca Cola factory to ELWA Junction road in Montserrado is about 38% in completion and active work is expected to commence in the coming dry season.
She also highlighted the progress made on primary roads around Liberia, citing “The current and ongoing intervention being made on our primary roads will see the rehabilitation and pavement of about 444.4km of our major road in the entire country”.
Collins mentioned that the Gbarnga to Salayea road, the Bong County to Lofa road is about 81km which is currently ongoing, and that 28 percent of the road has been completed.
“We will cover the significant progress of that work because we have received a million dollars out of 1.2 million pending for route payment,” Collins added.