Liberia Airport Authority Alerts Travelers of Flooding RIA Highway

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Liberia Airport Authority has alerted travelers and motorists using the main corridor leading to the Roberts International Airport that severe flooding has made the road impassable to small and medium-sized vehicles.

In a release issued Friday, the airport authority attributed the flood to days of heavy rain and wetlands overflowing their banks to reach the main pavement.

Flooding along the highway is now a regular occurrence during the rainy season and traveler’s movements are often impeded, with nearby residents forced to move out of their homes. The last time the corridor experienced a recurrence of the flood was in July this year. However, the government has not been able to find a lasting solution.

The 15TH Gate-Harbel route, which would usually serve as an alternate route, is also impassable following the collapse of the Du River Bridge since June, last year.

The collapsed Du River Bridge. Photo: Emmanuel Degleh

Neither Firestone nor the government has taken responsibility for repair.

Meanwhile, the airport authority has informed travelers and airport users proceeding to the airport to use the Red Light/Parker Paint/Kakata Route detour at Firestone’s 15th Gate 15 and be directed thru Division 16 to the airport.

However, a commuter who traveled through Division 16 through the Firestone plantation has described the road as severely deplorable.

“That route is a challenge. I found it difficult passing there yesterday,” said David Carl, the commuter who traveled along the route.

The airport authority said it regrets the inconvenience, noting that the situation was a natural phenomenon beyond its control.

Featured photo by Jefferson Daryoue

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2018, he was also recognized as the Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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