The Lofa Bridge in Gola Konneh District, Grand Cape Mount County in Western Liberia, is now in such deplorable condition, with citizens calling it a “death trap.”
Commuters, including businesspeople, have condemned the deplorable condition of the bridge. They said if the situation is not addressed before the approaching rainy season, traveling in the district will be difficult, if not impossible, and would create socioeconomic hardships on the residents.
Sheriff Karmo, a resident of the district, told the Daily Observer recently that due to its condition, travelers prefer walking to using vehicles to cross the bridge.
He attributed the fast deteriorating condition of the bridge to logging trucks using it every day, adding that “the situation is disheartening.”
Our reporter, who visited the area, observed that the planks that were nailed to the iron guards under the bridge are now moving apart, leaving holes and spaces that cannot allow vehicles and motorcycles to safely cross the bridge.
Meanwhile Gola Konneh residents are appealing to central government to reconstruct the Lofa Bridge, which connects their district with Gbarpolu County.
The bridge serves as an economic link between the people of the remote district of Kongba in Gbarpolu County and the nation’s capital, Monrovia.
The bridge was built in the early 1960s prior to the establishment of the National Iron Ore Company (NIOC) in the Western Region. Since then, the bridge has been in a deplorable state until three years ago when the Ministry of Public Works, with funding from Western Cluster Limited, repaired the bridge. The repair work was technically supported by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).