Barely one year since its construction Konola Bridge is gradually depreciating, with cracks visible on both sides, an indication that it poses danger to those plying the route. The bridge situated in Konola Town along the Gbarnga-Red Light highway lies between Kakata and Weala in Margibi County.
The construction of the bridge which began in 2013 was completed in 2014. The Konola Bridge was reconstructed by the China Chongquing International Construction Company (CICO) as part of a US $166.00 million contract signed between the World Bank and the Liberian Government in 2012 to pave180 kilometers of road but pedestrians and motorists plying the road are encountering visible cracks, which are all signs of its very early depreciation. According to our reporter, the cracks are slowly reaching the rails at both extremes of the bridge. At the scene he said he observed that long cracks run along a metal sheet that was used to connect the middle point of the bridge.
Locals in the area also told our reporter that they hear huge vibration at night when vehicles pass over the bridge. “This new bridge is spoiling gradually. No one is paying attention now except when something serious happens,” VarmahKamara , a commercial driver, said.
“The people who fixed the road have to come back and see what is going on here before it gets too late,” Town Chief Johnny Manneh warned. But when contacted, the company’s Safety Manager Kelvin Clarke said he had no knowledge about the current situation of the bridge though he shuttles between Kakata and Weala in his assigned vehicle daily.