Muddy Butaw Road May Spoil Vehicles, 26th

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It’s frightening but almost certain that Greenville, the venue for the observance of Liberia’s 168th independence, may be unreachable by road if the ugly stretch of muddy road between Butaw and Murrayville cannot be fixed immediately to take the heavy traffic going into Sinoe’s capital city over the next few days.
The rains have left a deep slush of mud between Butaw District and Murrayville Township (Japlohtown), about a mile to the port city of Greenville.
“This is a very serious challenge as vehicles continue to get trapped and are difficult to extract from the mud,” a traveler told the Daily Observer reporter in the area to cover the July 26th celebrations.
Efforts to repair the road by the Engineering Battalion of the AFL (AFL-EB) and the Ministry of Public Works have so far failed, travelers say.
At least five cars are hauled out of the mud every day either by AFL or NGO 4-wheel drive jeeps, according to frequent travelers.
Vehicles attempting to cross the quagmire and become stuck after working hours of the AFL-EB have to stay in the mud until the following morning. The passengers would either sleep in the vehicles or in the nearby town, another traveler noted.
He said some passengers would abandon their stuck vehicles and ride motorbikes to Greenville, which costs about LD200, a steep price for the one mile distance.
“It’s difficult for NGO vehicles to haul commercial vehicles from the mud at night,” another passenger commented.
In spite of the efforts of the AFL since May, the Butaw-Murrayville road remains a ‘nightmare’ and the only hope is when the rains cease, our reporter was told during interviews with commuters.
“If the rain continues, there will be no access by road into Greenville and the country’s highest national celebration might not only be poorly attended because of the bad road, but there could be also a shortage of goods and some of the projects might not be dedicated,” some officials feared.
A solution could be to position the AFL and Public Works caterpillars and NGO 4-wheel jeeps at Butaw and Murrayville to haul stuck vehicles, according to sources here. No one has mentioned the option of flights into Greenville and whether the airstrip there is in good condition.
The Daily Observer learned that the Butaw and Murrayville roads and the road from Buchannan, Grand Bassa County through Rivercess County are relatively good.
New and renovated bridges are painted in red, white and blue, the country’s national colors, and they are named in honor of the towns such as Teah, Nyenfueh and David Town bridges.
The name of each town is printed on a small billboard in green and white, the county’s colors and the distance to the next town, including directions approaching narrow bridges are also printed on green and white billboards.
Drivers Mohammed Jabateh, Lasanna Quaye, David Gaye and Jasper Weah in separate interviews expressed frustration and said the bad road is causing them to lose business.
They said however that the road is good between Buchanan and Nimba County junction on to Rivercess County and from there to Sinoe County.
They explained that those roads were repaired by Solid Rock Construction Company.
The road leading into Greenville from Butaw is under construction by the AFL-EB and Public Works.
The renovation work on the monkey iron bridge between Rivercess and Sinoe counties is expected to be completed by tomorrow Tuesday, July 21, a Solid Rock engineer said.
When contacted about the impassable muddy road, Public Affairs Director at the Ministry of National Defense, Willet Monger, said the road work is in progress and the AFL and Public Works are collaborating to get the job done during and after the celebrations.
A Ministry of Public Works spokesman, however, told this newspaper that there was no money allocated for the Buchanan to Rivercess Road, likewise the Greenville to Barclayville Road.

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