Liberia's Woods Pats CHICO on the Back
By Leroy M. Sonpon III for Ceasefire Liberia
Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, over the weekend, expressed some satisfaction on the 15km road, which links Borkay town to Cotton tree in Grand Bassa County. The road is being constructed by China Henan International Cooperation (CHICO).
The Public Works Minister, at the end of a one-day assessment tour of the road construction, hailed the Chinese company for the completion of about 38% of the road, even though it was rainy season, but admonished them to accelerate the completion its rehabilitation.
Minister Woods urged CHICO to construct quality and durable roads.
A CHICO consultant, who wants to remain anonymous, told the nine-man delegation from the Public Works that by December, about one kilometer of the Borkay Town–Cotton Tree road would be completed. The consultant indicated that as evidence of their readiness to work, they had completed the establishment of their housing, offices and workshop adjacent to the road, about nine kilometers from Cotton Tree community.
“The asphalt batching plant has been erected at the same venue and two crushing plants are in operation producing crush aggregates.
“All plant and equipment required for the contract had been mobilized, 1,700 tons of bitumen is in stock, as well as 20,000 tons of aggregates and the quarry which supplies the aggregates for the crushed stone base and asphalt had been established six kilometers from Cotton Tree,” the consultant stated.
On the delay in the construction, the consultant pointed out the heavy downpour, saying, “Rainfall for the month of October was more than double the yearly average with 506mm.”
“Rainfall to date is 266mm. This is more than three times the monthly average,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Works and the Bangladesh Engineer Team (BANERH ENGR 12) have launched a 100-foot Salala Bailey bridge in Nyaforla town, Bong County. The bridge links Margibi to Bong County.
“The construction of the bailey bridge will be done in two phases. On the other side, a 60-foot Bailey bridge will be temporarily constructed on the destroyed bridge, to have a free flow of traffic, while the engineers will durably rehabilitate the other bridge, by installing a Bailey bridge, which will be about 100 feet,” Min. Woods asserted, among others.
Also, the Public Works and the Pakistan Engineer team (Pak ENGR 12) are in the final stage of completing a 100-foot Bailey bridge in Careysburg, which links the city with Bensonville.
Minister Woods thanked the Pakistan contingent for the assistance and training of some of their staffers, saying, “Your invaluable services to help keep and sustain the peace in Liberia will always be remembered.”
In Sinje, Grand Cape Mount Count, Minister Woods advised Team Liberian Construction Company, a Liberian-owned construction company, to undertake durable and quality work, which will be a passport to the awarding of contracts to Liberian-owned construction companies.
Article originally published on www.ceasefireliberia.com
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