What used to be a bumpy ride from Taima to Bo is now a fast and smooth ride as Salcost has finally tarred the road.
Salcost, an Italian Construction Company, was first contracted to tar the Freetown/Bo Highway during the NPRC period. This Company also constructed the Waterloo/Masiaka Highway; and was about to work on the Bo/Mile 91 Highway when their work was cut short as rebels attacked their site near Bo, burning down their equipments worth millions of dollars.
Thereafter, the Bo road became a bumpy drive and almost took commuters about six to seven hours on the road, surrounded with pot holes; and in some areas ditches. The journey becomes more horrible as commuters approach Senehun and Taninahun to face the step gallops which often result to fatal accidents.
When Salcost was re-contracted last year, their former site near Bo was the first to be tarred. This road was also known for its ditches. From Taima to Mile91, laterites have been poured on some parts; and from Mile 91 unto Camp Charlie onwards to Martoi Village where the Salcost site is located have been tarred.
Most of the areas left have been smoothened awaiting laterites to be poured before it could be tarred.
By Ishmael Bayoh