‘Vehicles cannot pass’
The only bridge linking River Gee and Grand Kru counties has been described a “death trap,” by River Gee County Superintendent Philip Q. Nyenuh. He is therefore appealing to the government to conduct repairs on the the bridge, which is still being used, especially by travelers and business people traveling between the two counties.
Supt. Nyenuh, who made the disclosure in an interview with the Daily Observer recently in Zwedru, said the bridge is one of the key linkages between the two counties, but said its present condition is a major safety hazard.
The bridge is located near the gold mining area of Jaquiken Town, Nyenwiken Administrative District, on the road leading to Grand Kru County, south of the county’s provincial capital, Fish Town.
Supt. Nyenuh described the bridge as very cardinal to the movement and development of both counties, and the region at large, but if nothing is done until the rainy season, it will certainly collapse, causing hardship in the region.
“Now, heavy-duty vehicles with goods cannot cross over the bridge, because it is tilting and sinking gradually,” he said.
The bridge was constructed during the 1970s, “but residents of Jouqiken Community, have been calling for help to repair it since we discovered that it was declining. But no attention has been paid to us up to now,” a resident of Jaquiken told the Daily Observer.
Ophelia Weedee, a local business woman, who was traveling to Forpoh Parluken, Grand Kru County, told Radio Smile FM in Zwedru that the situation is disturbing the business people, because they have to offload their goods to crossing and board another vehicle at the other end before reaching their destinations.
“We continue to risk our lives on a daily basis just to sustain our families,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Grand Kru based Southeastern Motorcycle Union advisor, Matthew Brooks, has over the weekend, complained about several challenges in Grand Kru, which some have resulted to the death of two other persons (not named).
However, Supt Nyenuh and the people of the county have appealed to the government, and any well meaning organizations to urgently assist them to reconstruct the bridge.
Ganta-Zwedru road deteriorating
In a similar development, reports say the highway between Ganta, in Nimba County and Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, is fast deteriorating due to recent down pour that have delayed vehicular movements.
Residents of Zwedru have meanwhile expressed concern over the deplorable road condition. They want government to immediately intervene to keep the road pliable, at least until the rainy season begins.
“I am greatly worried about the road condition, because if it is not reconditioned, things will be too hard for us,” said Helen Dweh, a resident of Zwedru.
“Now we are buying a bag of 25kg rice for L$2,600 and a gallon of gas for L$600. If the rainy season starts, and the roads become impassable, prices of basic goods and services will go up high again,” said one Melvin, a motorcyclist.
Up to present, the Ganta/Zwedru road has not been rehabilitated such that it has developed deep potholes and ditches, especially between Saclepea and Toe Town in Grand Gedeh County.