As part of the Pro-Poor Governance Agenda of the Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC), President George M. Weah has ordered a feasibility study to construct a bridge — a Flyover Bridge to join the City of Monrovia to the Townships of New Georgia, Gardnersville and Barnersville from Crown Hill.
The feasibility study is to prepare the new flyover bridge investment to explore its requirements and subsequent operations and as well as analyze the technical, environmental, social and economic aspects – to give proposals for the structural system and cost for the implementation of the needed transport network.
The key task of the feasibility study would be to investigate, and also compare the possible structural systems at the chosen location, and to define the optimal variant and the optional structural system which is highly influenced by the possible spans, which is primarily specified by water and shipping managements’ criteria.
Sam Mannah, Presidential Press Secretary, on a radio talk-show on Thursday, March 1, said the President has mandated the ministries of Public Works and Finance and Development Planning to carry out the study.
He further said the bridge is to cope with congested traffic and the increasing population in Monrovia and its environs, though Mr. Mannah did not give the time frame for the feasibility study.
An engineer at the Ministry of Public Works, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized, said the development will reduce congestion in the capital city and will create employment opportunities for many youths.
The difference between a bridge and a flyover, according to the engineer, is based on the purpose of its usage and where it is located. Bridges are to connect two points separated by a naturally occurring region like valley, river, sea or any other water bodies, while the flyover or overhead bridges are structures, which join two or more points separated by an accessible route/s or a man-made structure. They are usually made over road junctions, roads, streets, etc.
The name itself suggests that you are flying over an otherwise high-traffic zone.
Special Quick-Impact Projects
Mr. Mannah disclosed that the government has cut goods and services in the 3rd quarter from the government budget and will put aside US$10 million for Special Quick-Impact Projects.
He announced that before March 30, there will be a formal ground-breaking for the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL’s) 200-bedroom hospital, and construct a digital registration at the University of Liberia and install WiFi (a faster internet services).
Mannah said some of the money will also be used to employ additional 400 teachers on the payroll of the Ministry of Education and pay the fees for all students writing the West African Senior School Examination (WASSE) for 2017/2018 school calendar.
Other projects, under the same fund, will be used to purchase and install 400 street lights along the Roberts International Airport (RIA) route from the ELWA junction and further provide scholarships for doctors to undergo specialized training.