President Sirleaf Dedicates Modern Dual Carriage Stockton Creek Bridge

Monday, 27th November 2017
President Sirleaf cuts ribbon during dedication of the newly constructed Stockton Creek bridge in Monrovia.
President Sirleaf cuts ribbon during dedication of the newly constructed Stockton Creek bridge in Monrovia.
Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated the newly constructed Stockton Creek Bridge. The Liberian leader commended the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government and people of Japan for the construction of the modern dual carriage bridge.
According to the an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking on Friday, November 24, 2017 when she formally dedicated and cut ribbon to the newly constructed Somalia Drive Stockton Creek Bridge at the Jamaica Road Junction, on Bushrod Island. 
She said the dedication set the tone for building of partnership through global relationship. “This road comes from Liberia’s partnership with the people of Japan. She reminded Liberians that development takes times and requires cooperation. She praised Liberians working along with Japanese contractors on the project and thanked them for their sacrifice to country.
Making remarks, the Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said the next phase of this project seeks to construct additional two new lanes and will be completed by June 2018. He furthered that the bridge will not only be beautiful but durable adding that it will last for more than 100-years. He said JICA is going start the Second Phase of the project, which is expected target the rehabilitation of the existing two Lanes of the road and expand it to a completely new lane along (13.2km) from Freeport to the Red light Junction. 
Also speaking, Japanese Ambassador Kaoru Yashimuru said Japan will always support Liberia’s development efforts. He commended President Sirleaf for the good working relationship and urged Liberians to maintain the newly constructed bridge, which he said will last long.
Earlier, Public Works Minister, William G. Moore said the dedication of the bridge is a milestone for Liberia and its people. He thanked the workers and the family of Public Works for the hard work in reaching this level. The Stockton Creek Bridge; which is a double-bridge (85 meters and 73.6 meters) respectively will connect Bushrod Island and Gardnersville near the Jamaica Road junction.
The Japanese Government, through JICA, is reconstructing the 13.2 kilometer Freeport to Red Light road, known as the Somalia Drive at the cost of nearly US$57 million.
The project is 75% complete while the entire project will be completed on next June, 2018. The ceremony was graced by senior government officials including Justice Minister, Frederick Cherue, Senator Commany Wesseh of River Gee, Commerce Minister, Axel Addy, among others.