We have a dream that someday the roads in Monrovia will not bear potholes and offer smooth rides to motorists.
We also have a dream that someday repairs on our intra-city roads will not be poorly done and contracts for which will be awarded to qualified contractors and not based on affiliation to ruling party.
This is not the first commentary we have had to compose on the terrible state of Monrovia’s roads. We should have pushed the subject to the back burners after a previous treatment but for the need to keep it in the public domain. Perhaps some people in officialdom will have their consciences pricked to do the right thing.
What started as small potholes whose expansion could have been stopped early enough, were left to become gaping holes in the middle and sides of roads in the nation’s capital.
The money which could have been saved had attention been turned to these roads when they were all but patches of small potholes will now require expensive road rehabilitation. That is when the authorities find it necessary to turn their attention to this infrastructural shortcoming.
In a previous commentary on this subject we raised the issue about how motorists are constrained to cough out additional money under the circumstances to mend their damaged cars, the result of driving on the terrible roads.
The quality of some of the roads is below standard. No sooner therefore are they handed over to the executing authorities than they start developing small potholes which soon transform into gaping death traps.
A number of accidents have occurred on some portions of the damaged roads due to attempts by motorists to avoid potholes which they noticed abruptly. Such accidents have often resulted in head-on collisions, some fatal.
The past few rains have worsened the already appalling bad state of the Monrovia roads by washing away the mud used to fill their crater holes.
Very soon work gangs will be spotted filling the ever widening potholes with materials which can hardly stand the test of time, especially under the weight of heavy trucks and the elements.
There is no doubt that little or no thought has been given to the economics of repetitiously ignoring the importance of doing a good job once and for all on the roads in the nation’s capital.
It is good that most foreign dignitaries, when they come for one reason or another, do not drive round the city for sightseeing. They would have discovered to their dismay the degeneration of the Monrovia roads, a far cry from the beautiful pictures displayed by our missions abroad.
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