US$100M Needed Yearly

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To adequately manage primary, secondary and feeder roads in the country would require US$100 million every year, for the next 20 years, Public Works Minister, William Gyude Moore has said.
Minister Moore made the assertion yesterday at the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing in Monrovia.
He said the US$27 million provided by the government in this year’s budget for construction and pavement of roads is “very little, considering the huge challenges facing many roads in the country.”
He said US$4 million within the US$27 million of this year’s budget is for road maintenance, while the balance US$23 million is intended for road construction.
Minister Moore said since the inception of Madam Sirleaf’s administration, the government has focused largely on primary and secondary roads throughout the country, while partners continue to handle most of the feeder roads.
“We may get involved in taking care of feeder roads, but for the next four years, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will be financing many of its projects to ensure that communities and neighborhoods are connected,” Minister Moore said.
He added, “450KM of feeder roads will be financed by USAID while we will be extending that program to the south east of the country to ensure that since our partners are active on feeder roads, we can focus on primary and secondary roads.”
He said the government will continue to invest in primary and secondary roads to ensure that county capitals and major roads are fully connected across the country.
Minister Moore explained further that the government and its partners have spent a little over US$700 million on roads, but their maintenance remain a cardinal issue, considering the heavy rainy season in the country.
In a related development, the Minister also disclosed that Caldwell Bridge has been completed and plans for its official dedication are in process.
He said Liberia’s road network is about 10,000km and many of the people in the rural areas have to walk several hours before reaching to the nearest road.
“We have a very limited road network and less than 10 percent is paved. We are talking about paving the remaining 700km of roads including all major streets in the country,” he said.
The ministry is focusing on paving streets in all county capitals at a cost amounting to US$2.2 billion.
Primary roads connect to city capitals or lead to international borders while secondary roads connect to primary roads and feeder roads connect with farm-to-market roads, homes and other places.

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