Business people from Sinoe County have complained that, despite rehabilitation work on the highway to Sinoe County last year, the road is still in a deplorable state.
They list Ma Kou village, River Cess/Sinoe Bailey Bridge and the entry point into Greenville as areas along the highway that are still hampering the movements of vehicles and goods and services.
Commuters on the highway say the many potholes and damaged bridges along the way will only worsen during the 2016 rainy season, making a bad situation worse.
“We take 15 hours instead of the regular eight hours from Greenville to Monrovia because of the bad road condition,” a market woman said.
Some market women, speaking to the Daily Observer in Paynesville upon their arrival from Greenville, said apart from the Sinoe-Grand Gedeh highway, farm to market roads in the county are nearly impossible to ply by vehicles.
They said the state of the roads is affecting farming activities in the county, as farmers are reluctant to engage in large scale farming as a result – scaling down to mere subsistence farming activities.
The women are calling on the Ministry of Public Works to use the dry season to fix the road.
Without prompt intervention, they fear not having access to supplies, including imports, during the rainy season when they expect the road to Sinoe County to have many impassable areas.
Cassava farmer from Juarzon District, Francis Blamo Wesseh, said via a phone interview, “Most of the farm to market roads are in bad conditions”.
“All efforts should be exerted during this dry season to ensure that the highway gets rehabilitated,” added Mrs. Elizabeth Blamo of Greenville.
She said that if nothing is done this dry season, the situation will impose hardships for residents of Sinoe County during the rainy season.
Adding to the debate, commercial bus driver Abraham Keita told the Daily Observer that the many potholes on the road are damaging vehicles.
“I always repair my car or else I can’t make another trip,” he said.
Aid agencies approached by this reporter said a timely intervention during this dry season would be prudent, while Public Works Ministry officials in Monrovia told the Daily Observer Tuesday that plans are underway to do some serious work on the highway during this dry season.
It can be recalled that last year, Minister Gyude Moore, in an interview with a team of this newspaper’s reporters, said the Ministry will undertake a number of projects on roads across the country this year.