Bong County Resident Engineer Emulus Toliver says a local contractor has intensified rehabilitation works on the Gbarnga-Zorzor Highway.
Westwood Corporation, a Liberian construction company, is currently upgrading the 104 kilometer road connecting Gbarnga in Bong County to Zorzor in Lofa County.
Speaking to the Liberia News Agency in Gbarnga recently, Toliver said the road construction was delayed in July 2013 due to debt owed the company by the Liberian government.
He said the company was forced to halt the rehabilitation after it completed 50 percent of the work last July without payment.
“Westwood pre-financed the project through a bank and could not continue to increase the credit line without payment from the Ministry of Finance,” Toliver emphasized.
He noted that the firm had earlier asked the government for funds to purchase fuel, pay salaries and do repair work on its equipment, but the process was delayed, leaving the company to halt the rehabilitation work.
The Bong County Resident Engineer, however, disclosed that government recently made some payment, leading to resumption of work on the Gbarnga-Zorzor road.
Westwood Chief Engineer Jonathan Swaray told LINA that 50 percent of the Gbarnga-Zorzor highway was completed last year and assured that the remaining portion would be completed in three months.