Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy
USAID To Pave 5 Streets In Gbarnga
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, January 9 (LINA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will on January 15 begin the pavement of five major streets in Gbarnga City in Bong County.
The project is being implemented under the USAID Feeder Roads Alternative Management Program (FRAMP) and will be done with chip seals.
Chip seal is a pavement surface treatment that combines one or more layers of asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate.
In the United States, chip seals are typically used on rural roads carrying lower traffic volumes, and the process is often referred to as "asphaltic surface treatment".
Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy told a local radio station in the county that the USAID Gbarnga Street Pavement project is a pilot of the USAID Feeder Roads Alternative Management Program in Liberia and will affect four counties.
Superintendent Mappy said the streets to be paved in Gbarnga are Progressive Street, Collins Street, Executive Drive, Gboveh Avenue and portion of the Madam Suakoko Street.
She explained that Bong County has an obligation to build a line of over 280 culverts along with the earth works, which will cost the county a little over US$100,000.
The Bong County Superintendent said the project, which she described as a 'landmark project', has been approved by the county leadership.
She, however, described 2016 as a tough year for the county, especially in accessing funds for development projects, adding, “Even contributions from the County and Social Development Funds were not forthcoming, which served as a serious setback to the county’s development plans.”
It can be recalled that East International Group Incorporated recently recommenced the pavement of two other streets in the city of Gbarnga.
The company was hired in early 2016 to pave the Gbarnga 1.8 km main street and the 0.613 km Madam Suakoko Street.
The County Legislative Caucus in November announced that US$ one million has been raised in the 2016/2017 National Budget to also finance the project.