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Multinational - Mano River Union Road Development and Transport Facilitation Programme, Phase II - Appraisal Report

08-Oct-2018

The Road Development and Transport Facilitation Programme – Phase 2, is a regional programme between Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to develop and pave a total of 67.1 km of road linking the South-eastern Liberia and western part of Cote D’Ivoire. The road sections concerned are: (i) Development of 20 km road from Fish Town to Kelipo (River Gee County in Liberia) and (ii) Development of 47.1 km from Sanniquellie to Loguatuo of Liberia, up to the Border town of Gbeunta in Cote D’Ivoire. These road sections are still dirt roads, barely 6 metres wide and impassable for most of the year. The bridges spanning the numerous rivers in the area are built of makeshift timber and they have numerous road checkpoints and ill-adapted border posts that render journeys long and fastidious. The South Eastern part of Liberia in particular is one of the least developed and has high poverty levels estimated at 54%. The lack of road infrastructure is one binding constraint to economic development and activities of the areas, including the movement of goods and services. To ensure that these roads handle current and future traffic flows, there is a need to improve their level of service, increase their capacity to receive traffic throughout the year and reduce the number of police checkpoints. This calls for the development and paving of the roads, construction of 36.55-meter span bridge on the Nuon River connecting Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire at the Loguatuo/Gbeunta Border and the construction of joint border control posts.

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