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Lawmakers dissatisfied with road construction

May 6, 2015 By Jariatu S. Bangura

The Parliamentary Committee on Works, Housing and Infrastructure has expressed dissatisfaction over the state and status of roads constructed within the city, including the multi-million dollar Wilkinson Road, which was built by China Railway Seventh Group (CRSG) in 2012.

During an inspection tour of roads across the country, the committee said they discovered that the relatively newly constructed roads do not have road markings which, according to them, could have helped minimise the spate of road accidents in the country.

Chairman of the committee, Hon. Kombo Kamara, said: “We are yet to see road markings and traffic directions. Those signs will help to indicate where drivers should not overtake or stand.”

He slammed Senegalese road construction company, CSE, for their failure to construct footpaths and to cover drainages which sometimes cause fatal accidents involving pedestrians.

With regards the Wilkinson Road and Lumley road construction, Hon. Kamara noted that whenever it rains, the streets flood because there are no straight line drainages.

“We expected the company and the consultants to have noticed that before the commencement of work on the roads. Such work leads to wastage of government funds,” he said.

“As parliamentarians, we monitor and then recommend to the Ministry of Works, SLRA and the contractors to do what is expected of them. We cannot do the work of the executive, but we will recommend what should be done because road construction is very expensive all over the world and so it requires quality work,” he added.

Responding, consultant for the Lumley road construction, Nikyn Koso-Thomas, blamed the rains for the spillage and damage caused to the road constructed by the Chinese company, adding that “CSE is redoing [the roads] as there was no provision of straight line for the rains, neither were there any provision for debris.”

He assured the committee that road markings would be done by the company as soon as they complete ongoing patching work because all their equipment are available at the site.

Also, Chief Engineer of Operations at CSE, Vandi French, said residents of households could be blamed for causing drainages to block as they empty garbage into them.

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