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Road Fund Act critical for tackling road building problems

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Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore
Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore, says the proposed Road Fund Act is critical for addressing problems in the construction and maintenance of roads in Liberia.

The Act is currently before the Legislature for passage into law.

Minister Moore said: “When passed into law, it would ensure the sourcing of funding to rehabilitate and maintain major roads that made various parts of the country accessible throughout 2016.”

He disclosed that Liberia has 11, 500 kilometers of roads, adding: “Only 7% of the roads is in good state with 60% is deplorable while 30% is in fair condition.”

“The ministry needed US$100,000,000.00 million annually for the next twenty years to adequately tackle the existing road problems in the country,” the Public Works Minister further noted.

“Currently, the Public Works Ministry has US$13, 000, 000.00 million in the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget, falling short of the target.”

Minister Moore disclosed that tremendous progress was being made in the implementation of several projects across the Country.

At the same time, the Public Works Minister says efforts were underway to finding a solution to the deplorable condition that major roads are in, particularly during the rainy seasons.

Minister Moore expressed dismay over the constraints travelers often go through during the rainy season, saying: “The ministry has made several attempts to prevent the situation, but the huge amount of water had made it impossible.”



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