SIDA Wants Shortcut from Greenville to Barclayville

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Swedish International Development Agency has urged the Ministry of Public Works to consider submitting priorities on the Greenville-Barclayville road for possible intervention.

The Greenville-Barclayville road links Sinoe to Grand Kru in the southeastern region of the country.

According to a press release from the Public Works Ministry, the SIDA delegation made the call to Jefferson Chesson, the acting public works minister, in a meeting on Wednesday, March 21.

Kare Sundin, who headed the SIDA delegation, informed Chesson that they were in the country to validate a funding proposal for a shortcut linking Greenville to Barclayvlle where his organization intends to intervene.

The current road linking the two cities is a much longer path than if a road existed along the coastline to connect the two cities.

Sundin said SIDA is also concerned about the status of several bridges along the corridor, including the Timbo River Bridge.

The request from SIDA comes barely a week after the ministry declared the Greenville-Barclayville road corridor as a top priority for the government’s ‘Pro-poor Agenda’ during an assessment of major corridors in the southeast.

For his part, Chesson welcomed the delegation and praised the SIDA team for their contribution to Liberia’s recovery, adding that their intervention will help keep all primary roads accessible during the rainy season.

Chesson assured the Swedish delegation of the government’s commitment to working with them to achieve its aims.

Featured photo courtesy of the Public Works Ministry

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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