The Superintendent of Margibi County has expressed serious concern over the reconstruction of the collapsed Du –Bridge in Firestone, Harbel, Margibi County.
Superintendent Jerry Varnie said the collapsed of the ‘Du Bridge’ in the area is causing serious hindrance to the movement of people and vehicular traffic.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Superintendent Varnie said the management of Firestone needs to do the needful thing in addressing the bridge situation, adding, “it puts commuters and vehicular movements in a serious strain as the cost of transportation associated with it is very high.
He said commuters including students are also at risk in crossing the Du River in a dug- out canoe since there is no way for vehicles to cross over the bridge since its collapsed.
It can be recalled that on the 9th of June, 2017, the Du- Bridge collapsed as a result of heavy traffic diversion between Harbel and 15 Gate when the Liberian Government hosted the Extraordinary African Union Conference at the Farmington Hotel in Lower Margibi County.
However, when LINA contact the management of Firestone Liberia through its Public Relations Manager, Rufus Karmoh, acknowledged management of being in the full know of the collapsing of the bridge but was however quick to point out that they were working along with the Liberian Government to ensure the reconstruction of the bridge.
Meanwhile, the Liberian Government has confirmed the procurement of a new Bailey bridge to be installed over the Du- River.
Assistant Public Works Minister for Technical Services, Jefferson Chesson speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency via Mobile said the new Bailey bridge is now in country and will be installed shortly.
Assistant Minister Chesson revealed that the Management of Firestone Liberia has also consented to foot the cost to have the new Bailey Bridge installed.