The acting public works minister Ruth Coker-Colins has given an update on ongoing projects for construction & upgrade of key roads in Liberia. These projects include the construction of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) road, the ELWA Junction-Cocoa Cola Factory road, and the Japan Freeway.
The minister explained that the construction works on the first 10 kilometers of the 45 kilometers RIA road are underway. The overall works on this section according to Cooker are 58 percent complete.
She also disclosed that the demolition of the RIA corridor has started this month and that an additional grace period has been given to people with structures along the route to clear the way.
ELWA Junction-Cocoa Cola Factory road and the Japan Freeway
Regarding the ELWA Junction-Cocoa Cola Factory road, Ruth Cooker explained that the works are approximately 35 percent complete and that the entire project is expected to be completed by April next year (2022).
As for the newly commissioned Japan Freeway corridor (formerly known as Somalia Drive), which is a 4-lane 13.2 kilometers of road linking the commercial hub of Bushrod Island to the commercial district of Paynesville, she said that it should have been completed together with the installation of street and traffic lights, but some issues with transformer installation on the route caused a delay.
However, she assured Liberians that the lights will be functional soon and confirmed that the installation works of street lights in Johnson Street and Capitol Bye – Pass in Central Monrovia are completed owing to the Liberian contractor Edison Group of Company in collaboration with Philip Association.
Plans for installation of street lights in more areas
Ruth Cooker said that the government plans for the installation of the traffic lights in more areas particularly 10 intersections which include the 12th Street and 20th Street, Sinkor and VAMOMA, and Catholic Junction in Congo Town among others.