Somalia Drive Traffic Jam Leaves Many Stranded

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Sunday’s traffic jam as a result of ongoing road construction on Somalia Drive in Gardnerville left many commuters and church worshippers stranded for hours.

Many of the commuters, including pregnant women, the elderly and women with babies on their backs were seen walking to their various destinations in Gardnerville and Stephen Tolbert Estate.

Their facial expressions betrayed their anger and frustration as many complained they were getting late for their regular Sunday meetings and other appointments.

A driver of a truck loaded with sand, identified as Mamadee Dukuly Keita, told the Daily Observer that he waited for two hours hoping for the traffic jam to subside.

“It is actually the small commercial drivers that caused the problem,” Keita claimed.

He added that small commercial drivers drove on the wrong side of the road and as a result caused unnecessary traffic jams.

Taxi-cab driver Francis Thomas said truck drivers were also involved in violating traffic rules by driving on the wrong side of the road, and causing traffic jams.

Hawa Moore, who was also affected, said many of the commercial drivers violate traffic regulations, “which resulted in the traffic jams.”

Madam Moore said the Liberia National Police (LNP) traffic officers would have to enforce traffic regulations to prevent unnecessary traffic difficulties.
Many of the people walked from Gardnerville to the Stockton Creek Bridge connecting New Georgia Estate.

Though there was no construction work on Sunday, commercial drivers including taxis and buses, drove off the road on both sides.

Some of the people pointed out that the inconveniences on Sunday were due to the lack of connecting roads from Somalia Drive to Monrovia.

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