New Pavement In Sight

President Sirleaf flank by her entourage as she breaks ground for Phase II Of Fish Town-Harper Road
President Sirleaf flank by her entourage as she breaks ground for Phase II Of Fish Town-Harper Road
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As President Sirleaf Breaks Ground for Fish Town-Harper Phase II
On Friday, March 24, 2017, the Government of Liberia broke grounds for phase II of the Fish Town –Harper road project. The project which is now under the auspices of the Mano River Union Road Development and Transport Facilitation Programme (MRU/RDTFP) has five key components and will last for 36 months plus a one year defect liability period. 
The five components include road development and mitigation of negative environmental impacts, related development and women’s empowerment, transportation facilitation, institutional support and programme management. 
With phase I already on-going between Harper City and Karloken and at 37 percent completion level, phase II commences at Karloken and ends at Fish Town in River Gee County. 
Physical road development work will entails the asphalt concrete pavement of 80 kilometers of dirt muddy road from Karloken in Maryland to Fish Town in River Gee counties respectively. Other action-oriented activities will include the construction and equipment of two joint border post (JBPs), weighing and toll stations and health control posts between Cote d’ Ivoire and Liberia on the one hand, and Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire on the other.
In addition, project will also cover the construction of a modern bridge over the Cavalla River which spans the Liberian-Ivorian border on the Tabou-Harper highway.  
Similarly, under the road development and negative environmental impact mitigation component, 16 kilometers of road from Harper Junction to Cavalla will also be developed including reservation for optical fibre, community awareness-raising on road safety, HIV/Aids, Ebola virus and environmental protection, ESMP implementation, implementation of resettlement action plans, and works control and supervision.
The three other remaining components –related development and women’s empowerment, institutional support and programme management will address among others training of women traders in accountancy, study on the preparation of the national policy for road safety and strategic environmental assessment of the transport sector as well as  support to road transport sub sector reform in Liberia-road funds, road authority, axle load control management framework and road safety council and support to ensure employment, and support to ensure the employment of 20 young graduates in the transport sector (10 in Cote d’Ivoire, 5 in Liberia and 5 in Guinea).
Programme management will include socio-economic impact monitoring and financial and accounting audit of the programme in the 3 MRU countries, material and logistical support to programme executing agency in Liberia and Guinea, delegated supervision of the programme in Cote d’ Ivoire, technical and security audit of the programme in both Liberia and Guinea ,regional coordination, monitoring of indicators and functioning of the CTM as well as material and logistical support to MRU among others.   
The groundbreaking ceremony was graced by Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, officials of the Ministry of Public Works-executing agency, the ministers of Internal Affairs and Transport as well as other officials of government, Dr. Margaret Hilda Kilo-African Development Bank Resident Representative, religious leaders, local authorities, chief and elders of both counties and the general population in that part of the country. 
Also in attendance was the Fish Town-Harper road project team led by Richmond Harding who is the project coordinator based at the Ministry of Public Works. The contracting entity China Henan International Cooperation Group (CHICO) which participated in an international competitive bidding process and won, was also represented through its country CEO.
In separate remarks, they all expressed their respective entities and organizations commitment to the full realization of the project objectives and promised to execute their assigned responsibilities as agreed under the contractual terms and conditions. 
Just before she broke grounds, President acknowledge the resilience of the people of the project affect area and  assured them of her administration preparedness to continue to move forward with its development agenda during these last few months. She admonished all associated with the project to ensure that quality work is done thus guaranteeing value for money and subsequently good road for the people of River Gee and Maryland counties.
The total cost of the project is $107 million dollars and being funded by the African Development Bank through its fund. The contractor will be supervised by IMC Worldwide in association with Tristar Liberia Collaborative Engineering and Construction Consultants; a subsidiary of Tristar United Kingdom.
Issued by MPW Communications & Documentation Division