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Alternative Route for the Toll Road Engineer Amara Kanneh Assures

Alternative Route for the Toll Road Engineer Amara Kanneh Assures

Engineer Amara Kanneh (in photo) from the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) has assured the general public that there is going to be an alternative route for the Wellington/Masiaka Toll Road.

Engineer Kanneh made the assurance yesterday when he was addressing Journalists at the usual Government press briefing at the conference room of the Ministry of information and Communications (MIC’s), Youyi Building, Brookfield’s in Freetown.

Kanneh stated that SLRA thought it fit to engage media practitioners on a project titled “the finance, the design, construction, operation maintenance and transfer of the Wellington/Masiaka Toll Road”.

He deliberated that Government all over the world cannot undertake developmental projects without involving development partners adding that Government is working with the private sector through Private Partnership.

He updated that, the Wellington/Masiaka highway was constructed in 1994 with funds provided by the European Union (EU). He pointed out that the road has outlived it designed life.

He explained further that sometime ago, a Chinese firm, China Railway Seventh Group (CRSG) approached the Government of Sierra Leone and proposed that they wanted to use their money to invest in the rehabilitation of the said toll road to a dual carriage way and construct existing bridges on toll basis.

He said in 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the GOSL and CRSG to carry out the construction process and mentioned that in December 2015, the contract agreement was signed between the two parties to upgrade the road to four lane dual carriage way.

He said the construction cost 161M dollars and stated that the consensus was signed for 25 years but negotiable with the public participation. He therefore appealed to the public for their support. He said they as professional Engineers did not want an alternative road that will cross the toll road.

He explained that they are constructing the Mabang Bridge so that vehicles travelling to the south east of the country are going to pass through Songo Junction to Moyamba Road without reaching Masiaka. He concluded by describing the alternative routes that it will be reasonable.

Engineer Amara Kanneh from the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) has assured the general public that there is going to be an alternative route for the Wellington/Masiaka Toll Road.

Engineer Kanneh made the assurance yesterday when he was addressing Journalists at the usual Government press briefing at the conference room of the Ministry of information and Communications (MIC’s), Youyi Building, Brookfield’s in Freetown.

Kanneh stated that SLRA thought it fit to engage media practitioners on a project titled “the finance, the design, construction, operation maintenance and transfer of the Wellington/Masiaka Toll Road”.

He deliberated that Government all over the world cannot undertake developmental projects without involving development partners adding that Government is working with the private sector through Private Partnership.

He updated that, the Wellington/Masiaka highway was constructed in 1994 with funds provided by the European Union (EU). He pointed out that the road has outlived it designed life.

He explained further that sometime ago, a Chinese firm, China Railway Seventh Group (CRSG) approached the Government of Sierra Leone and proposed that they wanted to use their money to invest in the rehabilitation of the said toll road to a dual carriage way and construct existing bridges on toll basis.

He said in 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the GOSL and CRSG to carry out the construction process and mentioned that in December 2015, the contract agreement was signed between the two parties to upgrade the road to four lane dual carriage way.

He said the construction cost 161M dollars and stated that the consensus was signed for 25 years but negotiable with the public participation. He therefore appealed to the public for their support. He said they as professional Engineers did not want an alternative road that will cross the toll road.

He explained that they are constructing the Mabang Bridge so that vehicles travelling to the south east of the country are going to pass through Songo Junction to Moyamba Road without reaching Masiaka. He concluded by describing the alternative routes that it will be reasonable.

By Abdulai Mento Kamara

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