Demolition work starts on Somalia Drive

By Alfred Gezaye | December 18, 2013

Somalia Drive demolition
Photo's caption: Demolition scene between New Georgia and Irion Factory

Ahead of the 2014 Somalia Drive road reconstruction and expansion by the government of Japan, the government of Liberia has started demolishing structures in close proximity to the road.

Our reporter who visited the Somalia Drive on Tuesday December 17, 2013 noticed earth moving equipment uprooting trees, breaking down woodwork shops, garages and filling stations to clear the way for the expansion of the road.

An area of focus, according to our reporter, was between New Georgia junction and the Iron Factory communities.

Property owners were seen packing their belongings while others were carrying bundles on their heads.

The government of Japan and Liberia recently signed in Monrovia to start the construction work on the Somalia Drive in 2014.

It is not clear how much will be paid each victim of the demolition, but the Government said it has been paying packages to those affected--especially those who have legitimate claims.

The expansion of the Somalia Drive, according to the government of Japan, would cost about US$1 million.

The road is noted as being a main route for heavy trucks and trailers that usually go to and fro the Free Port of Monrovia which is situated at the edge of the Somalia Drive on the Bushrod Island.

Some residents on the Bushrod Island told The Voice of Liberia that they are eager to the see the commencement and completion of the much-publicized new four-lane road which they believe would greatly ease the traffic congestion in the road.