National Port Authority of Liberia commences 2.4km internal road project
Aug 31, 2016: In the last few months, the National Port Authority of Liberia has seen massive turnaround ranging from the port operating 24 hours a day and seven days a week; purchase of essential marine crafts resulting to a huge improvement in services for the first time in as many centuries and now embarking on major infrastructural projects to provide ease of movement within the port.
The improvement started with the introduction of aid to navigation at the Port of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County where the feeder port also commenced operations for 24 hours before the Freeport of Monrovia was the next step in gradual changes at various ports around the country.
Besides, the improvement in operational hours at the various ports, the National Port Authority is taking the resuscitation process a step further by improving the physical infrastructure at the port and also the purchase of marine crafts.
The NPA has embarked on the construction of internal roads which will enable the smooth movement of commuters and machines at the port of Monrovia. As part of the road project, the port is looking to construct up to 2.4km which will help to ease the transportation tension at the port and also help the fast turnaround of containers.
Like other parts of the country, during the rainy season, the port of Monrovia is usually flooded creating constraints for the movement of commuters and machineries in the port.
With the completion of the 2.4km internal road, it will help modernise the port, as well as help enhance the free movement of containers during the 24 hours operations.
In early 2016, the port embarked on the construction of rigid pavement, drainage, sidewalks and streetlights within the Freeport of Monrovia contracting the services of a Liberian-based construction company, ADI Contractors with a project costing around US$1.7 million.
According to media reports, the project is expected to be completed by May 2017.