At long last, the Government of Liberia has finally received a blueprint from the People’s Republic of China to construct crossover bridges at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex and the SKD Boulevard.
Speaking in exclusive interview recently with the Liberia News Agency (LINA), Acting Public Works Minister, Ruth Coker-Collins said the government of Liberia received the final designs for the two bridges in early April, and that the Ministry of Public Works will complete its revision by mid-February to May 2022 as they await to start the project in 2023.
According to Minister Collins, further indicated revealed that they will soon begin route payment and that they are currently on data collection of all the property owners along the routes.
She added that the overhead bridge project at the Tubman Boulevard, if constructed, will have a total length around 1,140 Meters including a viaduct of 300 meters while the SKD Boulevard grade-separated intersection overhead bridge will have a total length of about 870 meters including a viaduct of 180 meters with a corresponding ending ramps and auxiliary roads.
It can be recalled that the Liberian government and the People’s Republic of China on September 9, 2019, signed an Agreement for the construction of two Separate overhead bridges in Congo town, and outside Monrovia.
During the signing ceremony, Foreign Minister, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley signed on behalf of Liberia while Chinese Ambassador, Fu Jijun signed for the People’s Republic of China.
Making remarking following the signing of the agreement, Foreign Minister, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley on behalf of the Liberian Government expressed deep gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for the laudable initiatives from China to Liberia.
He emphasized that the two overhead bridges, if constructed, will help ease the traffic congestion and protect lives and properties in Congo Town outside the nation’s capital, Monrovia.
Minister Findley then assured the Chinese Envoy that Liberia will continue to work cooperatively with the People’s Republic of China aimed at strengthening the existing cooperation between Liberia and China.
In response, the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Fu Jijun expressed delight over the longstanding bilateral relations between Liberia and China, noting that the engagements between the two countries will be further cemented in the years ahead.
He added that the overhead bridge project is a part of China good way bilateral assistance to Liberia.