Progress as Monrovia halts traffic

Since the Liberian civil war ended in 2003, the country’s capital has not had a functional traffic light and the streets have been a site of chaos. However, hope for a return to order has been ignited by the installation of solar-powered traffic lights on the city’s busiest street.

DW reports: “Broad Street is one of the busiest in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Horns hoot and brakes squeal as pedestrians negotiate their way between the many cars, taxis and trucks that thunder by each day. At least that’s how it used to be.

Broad Street now boasts the first set of working traffic lights to be installed since the end of the civil war in 2003. For drivers and pedestrians alike, it’s a new experience to have their movements determined by the red and green lights.” 

Reactions to the traffic lights have been mixed, but mostly residents view the new fixtures as a return to order in the country that was afflicted by a 14-year civil war. The traffic light installation began in January, with funding from the Chinese government. It is unclear if further traffic lights are planned for the city in the future.

For more information visit AllAfrica.

Image via United Nations Photo on flickr.





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