RIA Highway Flooding Prompts Travel Advisory

UNIFICATION CITY, Margibi – The Liberia Airports Authority has issued a new travel advisory for travelers and motorists using the main corridor leading to the Roberts International Airport, amid severe flooding.

The airport authority said the flooding is taking place between Joe Blow Town and Unification City, and that it is preventing smaller vehicles from accessing the airport.

“This is due [to the] heavy downpour of rain in recent days, causing wetlands to overflow their banks unto the pavement,” the airport authority disclosed.

Meanwhile, passengers and other clients of the airport arriving from Monrovia have been advised to use an alternative route through Paynesville’s Redlight to 15 Gate and Firestone’s Division 16.

“Early departure for the airport is also advised so as to meet flight and business schedules,” the advisory added.

The Du River Bridge, which connected commuters as a shorter alternative route to the airport, is also still impassable to vehicles. The bridge collapsed in 2017 and has not been replaced since.

The warning from the airport authority is similar to another advisory issued last year when flooding also made the road impassable to small and medium-sized vehicles.

The highway has been flooding every year during the rainy season. It tends to render residents homeless for some time.

The government has not yet taken any tangible measures to permanently resolve the situation.

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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