11,438km Trunk Roads Receive Facelift

Alhaji Inusah  Fuseni addressing the media Photo, Seth Osabukle (6)The Minister of Roads and Highways,Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has said that government has carried out  routine maintenance works on a total of 11,438km  of trunk roads nationwide, as at the end of June, this year.

He said 4,994km of feeder roads and 2,562km of urban roads were repaired, and potholes patched, within the same period. 

Alhaji Fuseini, who made the disclosure yesterday, when his ministry took its turn at the Meet-the-Press Series in Accra, said periodic maintenance works, involving re-graveling/spot improvement and leasing work had also been carried out on 46km of trunk roads, 726km of feeder roads and 599km of urban roads.

He said the ministry would continue to improve  major road corridors, to facilitate trade and other economic activities, adding that some projects were progressing at the various corridors.

Alhaji Fuseini said work on the Nsawam by-pass was 98 per cent complete, Kwafokrom-Apedwa works, 62 per cent complete, and Techiman-Kintampo construction works 100 per cent complete.

He said Buipe-Tamale road construction was substantially completed with works on the Eastern corridor roads progressing steadily.

Alhaji Fuseini said work on the Asikuma junction-Kpeve road was 20 per cent complete, Dodo Pepesu to Nkwanta road project 58 per cent complete while the Nkwanta-Oti Damanko road was 23 per cent complete.

‘Oti Damanko-Bimbilla-Yendi road (lot 5) and the Yendi-Nakpanduri road (lot 6) have been awarded and the contractor is setting up site camp in preparation to commence work’, he said.

The minister also mentioned that the Agona junction to Elubo road works of the coastal corridor project, which was awarded in three lots in August 2012, with lot one comprising 0-30km stretch was 52 per cent complete.

He stated that lot two made up of 30-80 (50km) stretch from Agbozume–Aflao, 19.8km,  and the 7.2km Akatsi by-pass were on-going and Akatsi-Aflao 64 per cent complete.

Alhaji Fuseini said that his outfit had commenced preparatory arrangements to adopt the public private partnership model for the financing, construction and management of road infrastructure.

Concerning the Accra-Takoradi road, he said a transaction adviser had been procured to carry out pre-feasibility studies to determine the financial viability and bankability.

Alhaji Fuseini, said government was sourcing funds from China, for the construction of the La Beach-Tema  road and the Nungua-Tema road works.

The ministry, he said, was vigorously enforcing the law on axle load limit, which had resulted in a decline in overloading, adding that to date 16 permanent axle load weighing stations had been constructed to facilitate the enforcement of the axle load limits in the various regions.

Alhaji Fuseini said capacity building workshops had been organised to sensitise the Police and personnel of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority last year, to help reduce the number of roadblocks on the transit corridors of Abidjan-Lagos and Tema-Ouagadougou, to improve transit trade among member countries in the West African sub-region.

He said consequently, the number of checkpoints had been reduced from 28 to 13 on the Aflao-Elubo section of the corridor.

Alhaji Fuseini said a joint border post has also been established at the Noepe joint border post with funding from the European Union, in addition,  a workshop to sensitise officials of the border agencies with support from the ECOWAS Commission.

Touching on the road fund, he said GH¢49.06 million was realised last year from 35 toll stations and a ferry station at Ada, compared with GH¢27.8 million collected as of June this year, from 38 toll stations, including that of Senchi Ferry station.

Alhaji Fuseini said a new toll plaza at Pobiman on the Ofankor-Nsawam highway had been constructed to replace the one at Dobro station, and government was executing a number of bridge projects across the country.

“It is worthy of mention that the bridge development programme form-ed part of the ministry’s sector medium term development plan,  under the Ghana Shared Growth Development Agenda-phase II, aimed at improving socio-economic development of the rural dwellers,” he said.

 

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