The Japanese Government has begun the construction of three major concrete bridges in three districts in Grand Cape Mount County.
The bridges under construction are in Kaylia, Porkpah District, Tallah in Commonwealth District and Diah in Tewor District.
The bridge projects are being funded by the Japanese Government through its Commodity Value Fund, CVF.
When completed, the double-span reinforced concrete bridges will increase access, promote trade and lead to reduction in prices of basic commodities in the county, especially during the rainy season.
“This is a glorious opportunity, and we are very happy. God has answered our prayers to solve the bridge problem over the Mannie River,” Elder Momo Fahnbulleh of Diah Community said during a tour of the projects last weekend.
Elder Fahnbulleh also commended the government through the County Administration for selecting Diah Community as the beneficiary of one of the bridges.
“From monkey bridge, we are now moving toward a modern concrete bridge”, the Elder exclaimed.
Engineers say construction work on the Diah Bridge is well on course with more than fifty percent of the work already completed.
In Porkpah District, the Kaylia Bridge will link the district with other major parts of the county, including the mineral-rich Western Cluster Belt, which covers the Mano River, Congo, Kongbor and Dambala.
Kayliah Town Chief, Madam Hawa Vaye, said the bridge is their primary focus right now. “When it is completed, our children will have a free way to and from school across the Kaylia River. It will ease the transportation problem, especially during the rainy season.”
Town Chief Vaye said the rains and the resulting difficult road conditions usually trigger increase in prices of basic commodities.
For his part, Mr. Lawrence Brown, Commissioner of Porkpa Administrative District, expressed happiness for the project, describing it as a relief to his community.
Meanwhile, Grand Cape Mount County Superintendent Imam Paasewe has expressed the hope for quality and timely completion of the projects.
Superintendent Paasewe warned that it was no time for delay and that he and his team would ensure compliance by contractors working on all three bridges.
Mr. Passawe spoke when he convened a meeting with contractors in Senji over the weekend.
He said the meeting was intended to discuss issues arising from the projects and also set a timeline on each deliverable relating to the projects.
The Superintendent then lauded the Japanese government for sponsoring the construction of the bridges and praised the government of Liberia for its support to the people of Grand Cape Mount.
Two Liberian owned construction companies, namely Associated Builders Contractor Inc. (ABC) and Quality Engineering & Standard Technology, (QUEST Inc), were hired to carry out the projects.