Road networks in Ghana set to undergo major overhaul in 'Year of Roads'
Ghana's Ministry of Roads and Highways has indicated that the government will start work on nine new major road projects and seven new bridges in various parts of the country this year.
According to an article posted on the Graphic Online news platform, the nine new road projects to be executed are:
- Accra-Kumasi dualisation (in sections);
- Kumasi South and Western Bypass;
- Kumasi Outer Ring Road;
- Mamfe-Koforidua road;
- Oyibi-Dodowa-Somanya-Akuse Junction Road;
- Accra Outer Ring Road;
- Asutuare Junction-Volivo Bridge road;
- Eastern Corridor Road (Gbintiri-Kulungugu); and
- Sawla-Wa road.
In a tweet posted in January, Ghana's President Akufo-Addo declared 2022 as the third 'Year Of Roads'. "The government of Ghana will start work on nine new major road projects in parts of the country this year (2022) and complete many others that are at advanced stages of completion," stated the President.
During an inspection tour of road projects in the country, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, said the government was determined to develop the road sector. “Many of the projects throughout the country have reached the stage of substantial completion; that is, above 80 per cent. It is going to be completions galore from now until 2024” stated the Minister during the inspection.
The Ministry of Roads and Highways also announced plans to construct new bridges and interchanges, complete ongoing road projects, and progress public-private partnership (PPP) programmes for financing, constructing and managing road infrastructure.
Seven bridges are expected to be completed this year. The proposed bridge construction projects include the Adawso-Ekyi Amanfrom Bridge, which will become the longest bridge in the country - spanning a length of three kilometres across of the Volta River.
The six other proposed bridges proposed to be constructed are the Buipe and Yapei bridges as well as the Daboya, Obuasi, Juanayilli and Nawunui bridges.
The bridge projects also include five new interchanges in the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area, including the Suame, Santasi and Airport interchanges.
42 road projects, which are recorded in the 2022 budget as being between 12% to 96% complete, are also planned to be progressed and/or completed this year.
Some of the ongoing road projects planned to be completed this year include:
- the 17 kilometres Atronie-Mim road upgrade project in the Ahafo region, which is 58% complete;
- the 7 kilometres Nsuta-Beposo Lot Three road project in the Ashanti Region, which is almost 94% complete;
- the 30 kilometres Menji-Bui road, which is 41% complete; and
- the Atebubu-Kwame Danso-Kwadwokrom road project in Bono East region, which is 12% complete.
PPP funded Projects
There are three projects at different stages of preparation under the public-private partnership (PPP) programme of the Ministry of Roads and Highways. These are:
- the Accra-Tema Motorway which is due to start this year;
- the Accra-Cape Coast-Takoradi project which will be 208 kilometres long, and whose feasibility studies are currently in place.
- the development of Tema arterial roads, which includes upgrading the Tema General Hospital Road into a three-lane dual carriageway, with service lanes and five interchanges.
Top Photo: Ongoing construction works to reinstate a section of the Bogoso-Asankragua road in western Ghana (Ministry of Roads & Highways - Ghana | @mrhgovgh Twitter Handle)