The Cape To Cape Coastal Highway: Calling On New Congress to Introduce and Pass a Bill
By Gbe Sneh
So much has been written about this top-tier piece of infrastructure, a highway connecting Grand Cape Mount County to Cape Palmas. It will run thru nine of our fifteen counties – Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, and Maryland. Continue, and you drive into Cote D’Ivore! Any Liberian one talks to about this highway goes, “wow”! My high school classmate tells me this same passage was once advocated under the name “The TransAtlantic Highway”, to no avail! This is my umpteenth appeal!
By any contact medium available to you, call on your representative to introduce this sensible legislation, in the INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE. Congress, please make your contact information available to the constituents. Let’s all get this done.
If it makes sense to the people, it must make sense to those representing them, who are the ones in position to make that happen through legislation.
For the sake of argument, let’s list a few of the developmental benefits accruing from this one piece of infrastructure. For starters, it will put a drag on the congestion that is Monrovia; people will be able to hit the highway and go home, sleep and come back the next day! They can now be closer to their ancestral homelands where farmland should be free to them, and hopefully they might try their hands, at least, at some form of subsistence farming. And those with big commercial farming dreams would then have reliable road access to move goods and equipment. This is better than the suffering from sitting down without jobs in Monrovia!
A second big benefit is in the building of the highway, itself – thousands of jobs would be created in the wake of its construction, and its maintenance beyond completion. A third, naturally occurring benefit would come from businesses servicing workers all along the route – real estate, restaurants, produce markets, beach resorts ( since it is a coastal project). I just saw a friend post on Facebook, the Sasstown Beach Karter, where Grand Kru health workers were chilling. How cool is that! Ok, a fourth benefit can be argued that, as the Liberian Transportation Infrastructure stands today, it is more economical to ship exports to US and Europe, or anywhere, far cheaper from Cote D’Ivore than from anywhere else in Liberia, if you are a farmer working in Southeastern Liberia. This proposed highway would give reason to renovate/expand and make the ports of Greenville, Buchanan and Monrovia become competitive. For the fifth benefit and on, you might as well supply your own, for this desirable is a no-brainer!
So, here’s my appeal, going forward. Let us ask The New Congress to INTRODUCE and PASS a BILL, one that, without a doubt, will be supported by the people. The people might even want a parallel rail system, you never know.
And perhaps this popular phrase would go away – “The much neglected Southeastern Liberia”, for we would then break the shackles of isolation; we could then stay home to develop it, especially if what we are hearing is true that POWER is becoming available on a reliable basis from electrification programs sourcing it from Cote D’Ivore. And guess what? We can still get our piece of Monrovia, just down the road!
The Southeastern Congressional Caucus needs to introduce this bill.