The Jake Milton Bridge (Caldwell Bridge) over the Stockton Creek is strong enough to handle light and heavy vehicles, including trucks, Mr. Yue Zongya, vice president of the China Henan International Corporation (CHICO) has assured the public.
He told journalists yesterday in an interview in Monrovia that during the next twelve months CHICO engineers will monitor any defects and weakness on the bridge to confirm their conclusion that the bridge is capable of handling light and heavy duty vehicles.
“We have to make the road durable with a longer life-span so that heavy vehicles can use it to travel to the Mount Coffee Hydro and White Plains Water Treatment Plants locations,” Mr. Yue said.
He explained that although the construction of the bridge was expected to have lasted for eighteen months, construction had to be extended by an additional nine months due to the Ebola outbreak.
“The objective was to construct a quality bridge timely enough to create additional commuting options for the Liberian people,” Mr. Yue said. The Jake Milton Bridge was completed at the cost of US$8.5m and was officially dedicated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Sunday September 13.
The Jake Milton Bridge links the Township of Caldwell to New Georgia, Louisiana, Duala, and central Monrovia.
Yue informed President Sirleaf that the Jake Milton Bridge is internationally certified and modernized and ready for use by commuters.
It may be recalled that during the official turning over of the bridge President Sirleaf expressed satisfaction at the successful completion of the bridge and commended CHICO for living up to her expectation. Mr. Yue had earlier said during his company’s symbolic turning over ceremony that CHICO is excited to be part of the history-making development of Liberia.
He told President Sirleaf, “It is a known fact that every year under your leadership there is always the dedication of new projects for the Liberian people which speaks to the fact that your leadership focuses not only on the socio-economic development but infrastructural development of post war Liberia.”
Mr. Yue borrowed a quote from President Sirleaf in a previous dedication ceremony, saying, “CHICO shall never let you and the Liberian people down.”
On the broader activities of CHICO, Mr. Yue made reference to the Gbarnga-Ganta road to the Guinea border, a 67km road project that he said is 95 per cent completed.
“The rainy season has scaled down the job,” he said, “but with the dry season coming we will get it done on time.” Another delay, he said, was caused by the demolition exercise carried out by the Ministry of Public Works to remove structures that were in the right of way.