The President of Ghana, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, on Friday, July 29, 2022, cut the sod for the rehabilitation of the 23km Dome-Kitase road to provide an alternative route for road users between Accra and Aburi.
The scope of work includes the provision of a 16.3km single carriageway way with asphaltic concrete surfacing, a 2.85km dual carriageway, a one-kilometre two-lane single carriageway for Ashesi University, the provision of 1.45km three-lane single carriageway with auxiliary lanes for drop off/pick up on both sides, and a 1.9km two-lane carriageway link.
The rehabilitation of the Dome-Kitase road is in line with the government’s agenda to provide quality road infrastructure to help accelerate the social and economic development of the country.
The US $35m project is expected to be completed within 24 months and is being funded by the government of Ghana (GoG) and the Kuwaiti Fund. The project is being undertaken by Messrs. First Sky Construction Limited, one of best road construction companies in the country.
In a brief address at the sod-cutting ceremony, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, noted that the section of the road between Dome Roundabout and Kwabenya is paved and in a fair section whereas the section between Kwabenya and Kitase is unpaved and in a poor condition.
He further indicated that provision has been made for drainage, walkways and street light facilities, as well as road line markings along the entire stretch in order to improve safety. “The drainage systems have been designed to allow for factors on climate change to ensure that the systems are resilient, and the road does not become flooded during storms.”
“Walkways have been provided at the urbanized sections of the road. Adequate provision for public transport facilities like walkways have been made. To improve safety on the road, road line markings and signs have been incorporated as well as the provision of street lights.”
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo indicated that some of the road projects completed throughout the country during his presidency includes “the construction of one hundred kilometres of roads and auxiliary infrastructure under the Kumasi Inner Ring Road and adjacent streets project. Under this project, roads in Nyhiaeso, Bantama, Oforikrom, Manhyia, Subin, Tafo Pankrono, Asokwa, Suame and Kwadaso have been constructed.”
“Other road projects include the construction of twenty-two kilometres of Cape Coast Inner City Roads under the Sino Hydro Project; the construction of ten kilometres of Prestea and Heman Inner City Roads under the Sino Hydro Project; the completion of the 56.4km Jasikan-Dodo-Pepesu Road on the Eastern Corridor, constructed under the SinoHydro Project; and the thirty-one-kilometre Agona Swedru to Bawjiase Road, which has been substantially completed by M/S China Railway Wuju” he added.
The rehabilitation of the 23km Dome-Kitase Road is due to start in August 2022, following the signing of a contract with First Sky Limited, a local construction company in Accra. The Project, estimated to cost GHC 195million is being funded by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) and the Government of Ghana. It would be completed in 24 months upon commencement of work. The Road will serve as an alternative route to Peduase and Akuapem enclave and one of the prestigious Universities in the country, the Ashesi University.