Obstructions Minimized on Somalia Drive


A weekend tour of the Somalia Drive road by Daily Observer roving reporter observed that the occasional obstructions of commercial drivers have been minimized.

But, the old Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) light poles remain and are yet to be removed.

Two weeks ago, the LEC’s Public Relations Director, Winston Bedell, told the Daily Observer that plans were afoot to remove the old light poles as requested by the Japanese road construction company.

Bedell did not give specific details as to when the poles would be removed.

During the tour officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) were seen at various locations cautioning truck and other commercial drivers to observe safety rules.

The Daily Observer was told that officers are posted on a rotational basis to monitor and ensure compliance of vehicles not obstructing the road construction work.

Area residents expressed delight that the road and bridges are being reconstructed.

Robert Beamen, 44, said, he was happy that the Liberian government in partnership with the Japanese government have begun work on the road.

Teacher Thomas Chorlu, 68, of Stephen Tolbert Estate said developing the city would come with pains and anger, as many people had their properties removed to make way for the road construction.

“Our people that were affected will continue to make endless demands for money,” Chorlu noted.

According to the Ministry of Public Works, the Somalia Drive Road project is a US$50,000,000 grant from the Japanese Government through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), under its bilateral and technical assistance.


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