Official Dedication of Phase I and Commencement of Works for Phase II of the Project for the Reconstruction of Somalia Drive
June 1, 2018
Ambassador Himeno emphasized two important points of the project; high quality of the road constructed by Japanese companies and capacity building by the Japanese companies to Liberian workforce. He also introduced TICAD to the audience and requested H.E. Mr. Weah to attend TICAD 7 in Japan in 2019.
In his remarks, H.E. Mr. Weah expressed his gratitude to the Government and people of Japan. President also referred to a plan that the road would be renamed as Japan Freeway.
(2) The project was funded through Japan’s economic cooperation with the Republic of Liberia with a grant valued at four billion, nine hundred million Japanese Yen (¥4,900,000,000) for the Phase I of the project which was dedicated today and five billion, two hundred million Japanese Yen (¥5,200,000,000) for Phase II of the project which has is commencing today.
(3) The first phase of the project included; expansion of the current two-lane to four lanes, construction of two completely new lanes along with the current ones from Freeport to Redlight, covering 13.2 Kilometers and repair of the two bridges.
(4) The completion of the first phase of this project will have a positive impact on the movement of people, goods and services, improve access to basic social amenities such as hospitals, school, and others.