CSE Begins Pavement of Ganta-Yekepa Road

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With the level of work seen so far, it appears that  CSE may likely complete the pavement of half of the road stretch between Ganta and Sanniquellie, before the dry season.

The Senegalese road development firm, “Compagnie Saheliamae D’Enterprises (CSE) has finally begun the pavement of the Ganta – Yekepa highway, which the government earmarked more than 10 years ago.

At present, the pavement work is progressing around Tondin Town along the stretch between Ganta and Sanniquellie, where the company is already laying asphalt (coal tar) onto the roadway.

The construction of the stretch of road was earmarked in 2007 as a birthday gift to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when Lakshmi Mittal, Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of ArcerlorMittal, visited Liberia.

Since then, the road works were placed for bidding, which the Senegalese Company won and begain bringing into the country all the necessary equipment for the work. However, the entire exercise later came to a standstill due to government’s inability to fund the project.

Earlier, ArcerloMittal (AML) had informed Nimba youths under the banner Concerned Nimbaians that the money intended for the road work was given to the government but, prior to the end of the Sirleaf’s tenure, the Government disclosed that AML was yet to release the US$40 million intended for the work.

In June, 2018, President George Weah pressed AML management to release money intended for the project in order to fast track the project.

Upon President Weah’s visit to Nimba in 2018, the road work resumed but continued at a slow pace until recently when the company began speeding up the work leading to the pavement of a considerable stretch of road.

With the level of work seen so far, it appears that  CSE may likely complete the pavement of half of the road stretch between Ganta and Sanniquellie, before the dry season.

Efforts to speak with the construction firm, CSE, failed allegedly because under the terms of the contractual agreement between Government and the company, press interviews are forbidden, a source hinted this reporter.

“Only the government through Public Works can speak for the company, this is why all the difficulties they have been going through, they couldn’t call a press conference or speak on it,” a source, who did not want be named told this reporter.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Where are the Liberian KnowHows? Didn’t we go to school? Are Liberian not able in doing anything? These are very cash intensive areas that Liberian should do?
    God bless Liberia.

    • Contracts such as road projects are usually given to companies that have earth moving and road paving equipments. I do not believe there are Liberian own contractors that have those type of equipments. This is not about book but about who have the equipments to buid major roads in our country.

      • Similar concerns were raised by a friend who just visited the area last week. He said the workers were not using advanced equipment. He anticipates the intervention of the Chinese with better road building equipment. All we need are QUALITY roads in Nimba. Thanks to President Weah and others for the project.

  2. Good job Weah. It will be cheaper for an African company to carry out a project such as that. My only concern is whether the Senegalese contractors will hire Liberians unlike what the Chinese do.

    • I have not seen a Liberian contractors with road construction equipments except Mr. John Youboty who have a little bit of equipments to do small projects around the city or in the communities.

  3. While this project appears to be progressing and we are all excited to ride on paved roads, it must be noted that the Ministry of Public Works and its engineers must do their due-diligence to ensure that the methods, geometrics and structural quality of this road meets international standards. Based on the picture provided above and just from visual observation of this paved road from afar, there appears to be no slope/drainage on both sides of the road to allow debris and rain to flow alongside the road to prevent road damage in the future. Slope/Drainage of highway pavements-roadway and structure geometrics of structure pavements must be considered early in a project design, while the roadway geometry is still being developed since the hydraulic capacity of gutters and inlets are determined by the longitudinal metrics of the roads. Poor slope/drainage stability can cause problems to the drainage of a road and result in road damages. Material flowing to the bottom of a ditch can block the water flow in the ditch and lead to water infiltrating into the road structures. We also know that proper drainage/slope stabilization solution can improve the life of asphalt and thereby improve the life of a paved road.

    I know many of us are happy to see paved roads in our Nation, however, if it’s not done right and in-accordance with international road construction standards, our Nation risks wasting hard currency on a good-for-nothing looking roads, poor in quality and worthless in value. Given our experience with Chinese road contractors who performed street pavements in Monrovia during the early part of the Sirleaf’s Government, any major project of this nature must be vetted by credible engineers to ensure its quality and durability to benefit our Nation and generations to come. We also know from experience that quality paved roads are an assets to a Nation, especially a cash stripped Nation like ours. We know that roads constructed and paved by an Italian company called Vianini back in the early 60s are still visible in our Nation to date. This is an excellent example of quality road work. Our leadership and its Ministry of Public Works must do due-diligence to ensure the quality and durability of roads constructed and paved in our Nation. The bottom-line is, if the Liberian Government meant well and hopes that roads-paved in Liberia will be there for duration, Public Works Engineers must ensure the quality and durability of this project and future road projects.

    • Your criticism and analysis is a bit too earlier. In in the great United States, you dont have drianages all along the highways. You will not see it from Minnesota until you are on the ground in Nimba County. What you are looking at in the picture is just the little stretch of road between Zuluyee and Miller farm along the Sanniquellie highway.

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