Gbarnga-Ganta Road Takes on New Look

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The Gbarnga-Ganta highway now has a new look as the Chinese road building firm, CHICO, continues its engineering work under the World Bank contract.

The new face of the road brought great delight to those who are plying the road daily; especially Nimbaians and those from the south-east.

Nearly 40 years since the road was constructed under William R. Tolbert regime in 1976, it has in recent years turned very deplorable owing to what many believe was due to the long civil war.

The worst condition was recalled in 2012 when rain damaged almost all poorly constructed roads in the country.

The deplorable condition of roads that year hampered movement and made transportation fares to steadily rise.

With funding from the World Bank, CHICO and the Government of Liberia in 2012, signed a contract to construct the piece of road from Gbarnga to Ganta Border for over US$ 100m.

In mid-2013, CHICO began preparing its camps and setting up mechanism for the construction of the once talk about bad road around Liberia.

Despite the late starting, the road work appears to be speeding than expected. At present, the portion of road from Jennepleta in Bong County to a village close to the boundary with Nimba had been paved.

And on the Nimba side, the pavement is ongoing beginning from the town called Dukpe, near Kpain and moving toward Sokopa at the St. John River.

Prior to the construction of the road, it took a vehicle over 2hrs to reach Ganta or Gbarnga from either side.

Even the part of the road that is yet to be paved has been rehabilitated with the old tarmac removed thus creating a smooth condition for vehicles to freely move.

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