The road leading to the New England Ville community in the western part of the city is now being upgraded following over a decade of deplorable condition due to neglect.
The road has been handed over to the Chinese Engineering company, China Seventh Group Limited. Before now, the New England Ville road was described by residents as “a death trap”.
Speaking to Awoko, Sorie Bangura the Foreman on site said the main road, Henesson Road which stretches from Jomo Kenyatta Road to the end will be tarred at the point starting from Jomo Kenyatta Road to Government Printing while the rest would be concreted.
He also explained that they are staring off with the drainage system which he noted when completed will allow for a smooth flow of water from the hill top. He said for a road to last long, it should have a good drainage system that will water off the road surface to make it dry quickly when water pours on it.
Bangura said that his company was contracted by government to do the road following several cries from community residents regarding the poor state of the road and the possible threat it poses to vehicular traffic and passengers.
The New England Ville Road project started on 11th May 2014 and is expected to end in ten days. “But for us that time line is very short. We want to do a very good job,” Bangura stated.
Titus Panda a senior resident of the community said when he came to live in the community some 35 years ago, the road was good and small vehicles like taxis plied the road, but that since the late 1980s when the road started dilapidating, the drainages blocked and broken, the condition of the road has continued to retrogress ever since. He said they considered themselves “a forgotten people” since they were virtually cut-off from vehicular traffic in the community. He however thanked government for considering the road amongst the several roads it is now doing across the country.
Patricia Rogers another resident of New England Ville said she was excited over the road’s reconstruction, noting that they have suffered for far too long. She said she had been a victim of motorbike accidents many times because only motorbikes could manage to ply the road in the bad condition it was.
One of the workers of the engineering company, Abubakarr Samura also a resident of the community appealed to government to extend the road construction to other streets within the community. He maintained that doing the Henesson Road alone and abandoning the adjoining streets puts the reconstructed road at risk of not serving the community for long.
By Nancy Koroma
Tuesday May 20, 2014