President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the commencement of construction works on the dualisation of Yendi and Bimbila Township Roads in the Northern Region.
The works form part of Lots 5 & 6 of the Eastern Corridor Road Project which stretches from Oti Damanko through Gbintiri to Zanteli.
So far, a total of 164km of roads from Oti Damanko to Zanteli have been completed to asphalt concrete finish.
The dualization of the Yendi and Bimbila township roads will lead to a reduction in congestion in the urbanized areas and consequently a reduction in overall travel time along the corridor.
It will also help improve pedestrian and vehicle safety issues arising from head-on collisions and pedestrian knockdowns within the towns.
The works will be undertaken by Brazilian construction companies Construtora Andrade Gutierrez and Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, and involve the construction of a dual carriageway with a median and sidewalks on each side of the road, three roundabouts and drainage systems.
The project is expected to be completed and open to traffic by March 2023.
Cutting the sod to commence work on the project, President Akufo-Addo said the project was in line with the government’s agenda to provide good and quality road infrastructure to accelerate the socio-economic development of the country.
He highlighted some of the major road sector projects undertaken by his administration to facilitate transportation in the region.
They included the construction of the Tamale-Yendi-Tatale stretch road, Tamale Interchange and a number of roads that have been completed.
While asking the contractor to complete the project on schedule, President Akufo-Addo urged the Ministry of Roads and Highways to put in place the necessary traffic management measures to reduce any inconvenience to the public during the construction period.
The Member of Parliament for Yendi, Farouk Aliu Mahama, lauded the government for the dualisation of the road, saying it would go a long way to open up the area.
“The ground-breaking project fits well into my vision of building a new city in Yendi — one that renews the hope of the majority of the people with full anticipation of a better life for all,” he said.