The Government of Liberia and China Railway No. 5 have signed a US$42.7 million contract to construct two roads in Maryland County.
Under the contract which takes effect as of early 2015, the Chinese Company will construct an asphalt concrete 50 kilometer road from Harper to Karloken and recondition the 80 kilometer road from Karloken to Fish Town, according to the Liberia News Agency.
The project which is expected to last for 36 months is jointly funded by the Liberian Government and the African Development Bank.
Speaking at the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Public Works Friday, Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore lauded partners for standing by Liberia amidst the deadly Ebola Virus.
He pointed out that the project is in line with government’s post-conflict Agenda for Transformation pillar on Infrastructure Restoration and the implementation of the Road Sector Strategy in linking all capitals with paved roads.
Meanwhile, the Infrastructure Specialist of the African Development Bank (AFDB), Prince Tambah, has cautioned the contracting firm and Liberians to take ownership of the project because 67 percent of the venture’s value is being loaned to the government.
Tambah indicated that the project was initially rehabilitated by AFDB in 2011, and for sustainability the government later requested the AFDB to finance the paving of the road to an all-weather one
Also speaking, China Railway N0.5 Representative Hao Tingkui, assured the government and partners of quality work, adding, “40 percent of machinery needed to begin the project are already available in Bong Mines.”
It can be recalled that discussions for the construction of the Fish Town-Harper Road Project began as far back to 2010 following a four-day visit of AFDB Vice President, Kamal El Kheshen.