‘Redlight-Gbarnga Road Is Going as Scheduled’

first_imgThe Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO) has told the Daily Observer in a statement that the on-going Redlight-Gbarnga Road project is on schedule.The company also stated that it is using some of the latest road-building technologies in the construction of the 180-kilometer highway, which is a major route, leading to neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire and the Republic of Guinea.CICO is presently undertaking the reconstruction of the highway leading from Redlight Market in Paynesville City to Gbarnga City in Bong County in a 10-year deal signed between its management and the Government of Liberia. The project, valued at US$168M, is being financed by the World Bank.Included in the 10 years, according to CICO, are three years for rehabilitation and another five for maintenance before it would be finally turned over to the Government of Liberia.The company responded to the Observer after reports emerged that the present Rainy Season had “exposed their bad works” and that it does not also display road safety signs for vehicles’ operators to know that construction works are taking place.The road building company told the Observer that it was strictly following the specifications spelled out in the contract agreement that the Ministry of Public Works handed it.Touching on another report of “many motor accidents,” owning to not placing the right road signs or posting men to alert on-coming vehicles, CICO’s statement stated: “Flagmen are currently posted along the highway and they are using the required red and green flags for traffic control along with damaged ones regularly replaced while the replacement of damaged personnel protective equipment at Weala and Gbartala continued up till now.”CICO further said that “isolated incidents of motor accidents” should not be attributed to the company, “while neglecting the fact that vehicles moving at high speed are currently running into safety drums painted white and black which are used along the highway serving as barricades at culvert construction sites for traffic control during road works.”“With the designed, rehabilitation and maintenance of the Red Light-Gbarnga highway and that of the Konola bridge by CICO, trade and commerce is expected to boom within a short period when the road is officially dedicated, thus allowing the free flow of traffic in that part of the country.  This thoroughfare happens to be a major international route,” the CICO spokesman said.They called on the public not to create what they termed as an “ugly effigy of a company that has contributed and continues to contribute to the reconstruction drive of post-war Liberia.”CICO assured the public of their preparedness and willingness to successfully complete and turn over the Redlight-Gbarnga road project according to schedule.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more