Public Works Begins Demolition For RIA Highway Construction

The Ministry of Public Works under the leadership of Acting Minister Ruth Corker-Collins has begun demolition of structures for the expansion and reconstruction of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) highway.

Acting Minister Ruth Coker-Collins stated that the project will be completed in 2023 and confirmed that when completed, the RIA road will be transformed into an ultra-modern four-lane highway with all requisite lighting and road safety facilities and features.

Acting Minister Collins stated that the mobilization of funds for the project was initiated and concluded by the current government.

She noted that the initial funding is being provided through negotiations by the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development and also from private sector capital.

Before then, President George Weah officially broke ground for the commencement of the 45km road project estimated by Public Works officials to cost about US$95m.

According to President Weah, the RIA highway is the most convenient route for the movement of people, goods, and services to and from six of Liberia’s 15 counties including Margibi, Grand Bassa, River Cess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, and Maryland.

“Some of these counties are hosts to several multinational corporations such as Firestone and Golden Veroleum,” he said.

He further commented that road connectivity is a core pillar of his administration, and it is the function of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.

“My government’s infrastructural development programs have the strong support of international development partners, and I would like to express my appreciation to the partners for the support and I assured them of utilizing resources put at government’s disposal for their intended purposes,” he said.

 

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