St. John Bridge Risks Collapse – Bong And Grand Bassa Counties May be Cutoff
AReport reaching The Monrovia Times from Kokoyah District in Bong County indicates that the bridge linking Bong and Grand Bassa Counties is at the verge of collapse.
The Superintendent of Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County, Mr. Conteh Yallah, told The Monrovia Times in Gbarnga, Bong County, that the St John Bridge is currently leaning on one side and it could completely fall at any time if nothing is urgently done by the central government to safeguard the bridge.
He recalled that a few years back, at least four passengers lost their lives in the area as a result of the deplorable conditions of the bridge.
The Kokorya District Superintendent described the bridge as “complete death trap” for citizens of Bong and Grand Bassa Counties.
He said those who often travel along that route have to disembark from their vehicles to cross the bridge on foot.
He said drivers are constrained under the circumstances to carefully cross the bridge with their vehicles without passengers in the vehicles.
When the drivers crossed the bridge, then, the passengers get back into the car, he said.
The statutory district superintendent called on members of the Legislative Caucuses of Bong and Grand Bassa Counties as well as the national government through the Ministry of Public Works to quickly intervene by addressing the dilapidated condition of the bridge before the situation goes out of hand.
The St. John Bridge links Kokoyah District in Bong County with Compound Three in Grand Bassa County.
The Kokorya Statutory Superintendent added that if the bridge is completely cut off, it will obstruct the movement of goods and services as well the work of companies that also use that route to transport their raw materials to the port of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County.