Groundbreaking Held for Dome-Kitase Road construction project in Ghana
Rehabilitation of the 23-km stretch to help ease traffic woes along the road.
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has launched the commencement of construction work on the 23-kilometre road that links Dome in the Greater Accra Region to the Kitase Road in the Eastern Region.
The road construction contract was awarded to First Sky Limited at a ceremony in Accra on 22 July 2022. At the contract award ceremony, Kwesi Amoako-Atta, Minister of Roads and Highways, said: “We went through the entire procurement processes, and the best contractor emerged. And I want to assure the company that the government will support our own to deliver this project on schedule.”
The project scope includes:
- Construction of a 16.3-kilometre two-lane single carriageway with asphaltic concrete surfacing.
- Provision of a 2.8-kilometre asphaltic concrete surfacing dual carriageway arterial with auxiliary lanes for drop off/pick up on both sides.
- Provision of a one-kilometre, two-lane single carriageway with asphaltic concrete surfacing for Ashesi University.
Other construction works to be undertaken on the project include total pavement rehabilitation, major drainage improvements along the stretch, and road safety features such as road markings and signs, streetlights, traffic lights, and pedestrian walkways.
The current state of the Dome-Kitase road has been a source of worry for commuters including students of Ashesi University. The commencement of works on the 23km road, following the sod cutting by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, July 29, 2022, is expected to bring... pic.twitter.com/0gqexV6R0o— Ministry of Roads & Highways - Ghana (@mrhgovgh) July 30, 2022
The project is estimated to cost US$35 million, and is scheduled to be completed within 24 months. Funding is being provided by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) and the Government of Ghana.
The 23-kilometre stretch of road connects the Accra-Kumasi road to the Accra-Aburi-Koforidua road and provides an alternate route between Accra and Aburi.
The sod-cutting ceremony was held on 30 July 2022 to launch the construction. President Nana Akufo-Addo presided over the ceremony. Speaking during the ceremony, he asked the contractor to ensure the project is completed on time and within the specified budget.
“We enjoy excellent relations with the state of Kuwait, and we are determined to widen and deepen those relations." The project was one of many that “are in line with the government’s agenda to provide the good, quality road infrastructure to help accelerate the social economic development of the country,” President Akufo-Addo said.
The president also urged the Ministry of Roads and Highways to make traffic arrangements and reduce inconvenience.
Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Attah, confirmed that steps are in place to ensure all persons affected or displaced by the project are compensated. He also confirmed that his Ministry would ensure that the project is up to specifications and completed within the 24-month timeframe.
The project will boost the socio-economic activities of the people living in the catchment area and help facilitate trade and economic activities.
Top Photo: The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, delivering a speech at the sod-cutting ceremony for the rehabilitation of the 23-kilometre Dome-Kitase road (@mrhgovgh Twitter Handle | Ministry of Roads & Highways - Ghana)