Sierra Leone News: SLRA requests for Le214bn to support Area Road Maintenance

The Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) has requested for Le214 billion (214,909,396,704.00) for its Area Road Maintenance Management Scheme (ARMMS) as part of its Budget estimates for Recurrent Expenditures in 2020. The said amount according to the Authority will provide Plants & Equipment pools at different locations across the country, and the establishment of quarry sites for the continuous management of the 3,146km gravel trunk roads. SLRA’s Director General, Ing. Amara Kanneh explained that the roads are classified into various categories and the Class A, which is the primary road network, carries the bulk of the traffic and that one is divided into paved and unpaved sections. The Class B roads which are the main connectors like the Bo to Yele road are majority gravel roads, “considering the type of rainfall we have, we are thinking of designing climate resilient roads but we do not have the resources and that is why we are requesting you to approve our 2020 Budget” he said. As an Authority he said they have looked at the gravel element of these two classes of roads and with the total 3,146Km which carry the bulk of the traffic … if they are maintained, with their presence on those roads at all times, he is hopeful that the level of service will improve and people will move freely.

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