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2.PROJECT DESCRIPTION 2.1.Development Objectives 2.1.1 As defined in Liberia's Agenda for Transformation (2012-2017), Government of Liberia intends to link all County Capitals with an all-weather (paved) road by 2020. The sector goal of the Project is thus to support Liberia's economic growth through development of transport infrastructure that contributes to its post-conflict Agenda (AfT).
2.1.2 The objective of the Project is to provide efficient road transport access to South East Counties of Liberia and by extension to neighbouring ECOWAS / Mano River Union Member States (Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea and Sierra Leone). The Project is expected to improve accessibility of the communities in the project's zone of influence to economic centres and social services. The expected outcomes include: (a) reduced average travel time; (b) reduced vehicle operating costs; and (c) employment generation during construction and post construction phases. 2.2. Project components 2.2.1 The Project Road is part of an economic and strategic road corridor of 510 km between Ganta and Harper connecting four (4) south-east counties. The road not only constitutes part of an important primary network but is also a spur to the missing section on the Trans-African Highway linking Liberia to Cote d'Ivoire at Cavalla Customs border. Inter county transit on the corridor is characterised by poor road conditions often impassable during the intense rainy season. During this period journey times could take even up to a week from Monrovia to Harper. Consequently this has led to increased transport costs that have hampered accessibility and development of counties in the region. The project is thus an effort to address these challenges on the corridor. Below is an outline of components to be financed under Phase I.
1Road Improvement Activities (UA34.01 million) 1.1 Paving 50 km section of road between Harper - Karloken; 1.2 Design review, pre-contract services, and supervision of works; 1.3 Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP).
Project ManagementUA0.62 million) 2.1 Project coordination activities 2.2 Monitoring and evaluation; 2.3 Financial and Technical Audits.
3.Other Components (UA1.26 million) 3.1 Compensation of Project Affected People; 3.2 Road sector capacity building activities; 3.3 HIV/AIDS/STI, Gender Sensitization and road safety awareness campaigns
The Project road ( Fish Town-Harper Road) is the only link that connects the south eastern part of Liberia with the rest of the country. The road will open up the two counties of Mary Land and River Gee (with a population of about 0.5 million people) which are currently cut off due to impassibility of the road both in dry and rainy seasons. The project fits well with the GOL's Agenda for Transformation (AfT) with a strategy of connecting the counties capitals with an all-weather road by 2020. In addition, the proposed road project is in alignment with the Bank's Country Strategy Paper (CSP, 2013-2017). Paving the road will preserve the Bank financed rehabilitation to gravel standard completed in 2013. Due to heavy rains, the investment made on gravel rehaibiltation will be lost of the road is not upgraded to bitumen standard (paved). Further, Liberia as a Fragile State is budget constrained; it will thus require continued support from Development Partners such as the African Development Bank, to support financing of critical Road Infrastructure in Liberia.
PROJECT BENEFITS: The objective of the Project is to provide efficient road transport access to South East Counties of Liberia and by extension to neighbouring ECOWAS / Mano River Union Member States (Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea and Sierra Leone). The Project is expected to improve accessibility of the communities in the project's zone of influence to economic centres and social services. The expected Project outcomes (Befits) include: (a) reduced average travel time; (b) reduced vehicle operating costs; (c) employment generation during construction and post construction phases; (d) enhancing accessibility to social services and markets, and bosting agricutlural production; and (e) facilitating regional trade and integration between Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire.
TAMBAH Prince Desea - RDGW3