Liberia: construction of Somalia Drive road begins
Construction work has commenced on the Somalia Drive road in Liberia’s capital Monrovia, after Japan and the government of Liberia signed a US$57m deal. The 2.7-km road construction contract will be financed by Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA).
According to Public Works Minister, William Judy Moore, The construction of the road will ease the huge traffic congestion on the highway.
Poor maintenance of the road has led to its bad condition causing massive traffic jams on the highway due to hugely increased traffic volumes.
Physical work on the Somalia Drive road started in 2014 but was suspended due to the Ebola outbreak in in the country. Liberia and Japan had previously signed Non-Project Grant Aid worth US$4.2m for economic and social development.
JICA aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation as well as the sound development of the Japanese and global economy through the socioeconomic development, recovery or economic stability of developing regions.