A Liberian-based infrastructural company, Gateway Development Liberia (GDL), has begun the reconstruction of two community roads in Virginia. Gateway Development says their focus on innovation and the use of new technology will help to ensure the roads are functioning at optimal levels for ten years.
In a 30-minute tour of the two roads outside Monrovia this past Wednesday April, 23, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Adam P. Saffer, said the roads are being constructed through an experimental approach.
According to Mr. Saffer, the initial road project was granted by the office of the Liberian leader for ‘Special Presidential Projects’ on community empowerment and sustainable development.
During a tour of the roads, our reporter observed that the materials used appeared solid.
It was observed that the engineering process was fully computerized and used modern software like Auto-CAD. While the lay out and actual construction was done by the latest machinery operated by fully trained professionals.
Mr. Saffer told the Daily Observer that his company aims to help Liberians build a sustainable infrastructure.
He expressed the belief that new technology is the best way to assist Liberians in achieving their development goals while cutting down on the considerable costs associated with the various construction projects in the country.
He explained that GDL has worked in many countries and has a track record of professional, sustained and durable work that would help minimize the difficulties experienced by Liberians during and after the country’s Rainy Season.
Mr. Saffer concluded by urging Liberians and their partners to initiate projects that would have a long life span in order to maximize socio-economic growth.
Residents and business owners from the two out-of-Monrovia communities expressed their delight over the construction work.
“We are finally saying goodbye to bad roads and dangerous accidents in our two communities,” Francis K. Beyan, a businessman, declared.
Mr. Beyan stressed the need for the Liberian Government to consider giving additional community road contracts to the GDI engineering team in the country.
Restaurant owner, Mae Dennis Sackie, told the Daily Observer, “I’m grateful to God and the managers of GDL for fixing our roads.”
Thomas K. Jonson, a motorcyclist, expressed his satisfaction with the construction work and said he would like more road contracts to be awarded to GDL since the company has introduced innovative methods that would ensure the durability of the country’s roads.