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De Pa dae wok on the old road between Kissy and Grafton
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Cries of "Kissy old road!" from taxi and "poda-poda" drivers will soon be a thing of the past when a new highway linking the well-known Shell gas station at Kissy to Grafton is completed.

wokWhile infrastructure developments in the more affluent western parts of Freetown have received much publicity, this new artery will pass through some of the poorest neighborhoods of Freetown.  Long neglected by successive administrations, many stretches of the old road have been turned into an overcrowded bazaar where everything from raw fish to chicken parts to auto parts is available for sale. On a recent morning, some vendors seemed to stand their ground as a heavy piece of machinery excavated a drainage ditch.

Working on a schedule that was interrupted by the Ebola outbreak, the main contractor, the Compagnie Sahelienne d'Entreprise (CSE), has made it possible for motorists to enjoy a paved road that starts at Kissy and ends just slightly beyond Brewery at Wellington. Construction continues in the Calaba Town area with one worker predicting the delivery of a completed project within three months.

Several Calaba Town residents optimistically speculated that the government has plans to use the new road as an alternate route while it widens the Waterloo/Freetown highway.

Whatever happens, "Kissy old road," is becoming "Kissy new road," literally.

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