Liberia and China Sign US$41 Million Agreement to Construct Overpass Bridges

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Liberian government has signed an agreement with the People’s Republic of China to construct two overpass bridges along Tubman Boulevard.

Signed on June 8, the agreement came after an exchange of letters signed on September 9, 2019 between both countries. The project is valued at approximately US$41 million. According to the agreement, the two overpass bridges will be located near Tubman Boulevard and the Congo Town Back Road.

Signing on behalf of the Chinese Embassy was the economic and commercial counselor officer, Li Jiang.

“My government is committed to ensure that the government of Liberia’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development is achieved and that the relationship is strengthened,” a press release from Liberia’s Ministry of Public Works quoted him. Li added that there are also plans underway for two additional projects – the development of land near the 14th Military Hospital and an access route linking Sinkor with Somalia Drive.

Meanwhile, acting Public Works Minister Ruth Coker-Collins, who signed the agreement for Liberia, thanked China for the aid: “The One-China Policy is making significant impact in our country’s national developmental drive.”

She further thanked President George Weah for tightening Liberia’s relationship with China. Coker-Collins disclosed that groundbreaking for the overpass project would take place in October this year.

She added that when the bridges are constructed, they will reduce the congestion that has now become ubiquitous along the stretch of Tubman Boulevard leading to Central Monrovia.

Featured photo by the Ministry of Public Works

George Momo

George K. Momo is also a correspondent of Liberia Broadcasting System and manager of Cape Rock Radio. He serves as acting president of the Maryland Press Association and the secretary-general of the South Eastern Journalist Association of Liberia. He is the Press Union of Liberia 2018 Human Rights Reporter award winner. George started his journalism career in Kakata at Atlantic Radio; he has over eight years working experience in community radio journalism. George is also a senior student of William V.S. Tubman University College of Education majoring in Early Childhood Education.

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