USAID Provides US$24m Grant For Feeder Roads In Liberia, Begins Hydro Project In Bong

One of the damaged roads in rural Liberia
One of the damaged roads in rural Liberia

(LINA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to spend US$24 million over four years on feeder roads in Liberia.

The money is assistance from the U.S. Government for the construction of 450 kilometers of feeder roads under the Feeder Roads Alternative and Maintenance Program (FRAMP).

It will be implemented by Cardno, a global company with a mission to shape the future sustainability of communities around the world in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works.

The four-year project promises to create jobs, improve livelihoods and increase access to essential markets and services by supporting the construction and maintenance of rural roads in Liberia.

According to Deputy Public Works Minister Roland Giddings, owners of property within the corridor of the project will be given jobs but will not be compensated for resettlement, especially those in the right of way of the road.

He named the affected counties as Bong, Grand Bassa, Lofa and Nimba.

“Because it is feeder road, there is a particular length and so there is not going to be much about resettlement of people in those corridors,” Giddings noted.

He added that the project will use a new technology (Alternative seal) that prevents rainwater from permeating roads for years, especially when it is properly maintained during all weathers.

Meanwhile, the Public Works Ministry has revealed that it will use a new technology called coal-mix to seal potholes in roads across Monrovia and its environs.

According to Deputy Minister Giddings, two containers containing materials of the new technology are expected in country by the end of June this year.

“Coal-mix is a patch material that can be used even during the rain,” he indicated.

Giddings then thanked the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) for rehabilitating 580 kilometers of roads in Bong, Bassa, Lofa and Nimba counties.

In another development, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has kicked off the construction of a one megawatt hydro plant in Bong County.

The hydro plant is being constructed on the Mein River at the Kpatawee waterfall in Suakoko District.

Bong County Assistant Superintendent for Development Anthony Sheriff told the Liberian News Agency that the facility when constructed will supply electricity to Cuttington University, Phebe Hospital and the Central Agricultural Research Institute.

Other communities to benefit from the Kpatawee Hydro plant include Sinyea, Kpleto Town 1 and 2, Suakoko City and Phebe Airstrip community, among others.

Sheriff said the city of Gbarnga is not captured under the current arrangement but may benefit in the near future.

The project, which is the first of its kind in Bong County, will cost over US$10 million.

Under the arrangement, the construction will last for one year while USAID will manage the facility for another year before turning it over to the shareholders.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.