Works on the 64km Ashaiman Roundabout to Akosombo Junction Road Project have begun in earnest, with the contractor, Inzag GmbH, fully mobilized on site.
Briefing the Roads Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, during a visit to the project site at Shai Hills on the Tema-Akosombo road, the Vice-President of the project consultants, Associated Consultants, Ing Kwabena Bempong indicated that the contractors started work in May 2022 and had so far undertaken the engineering studies on the project of which a draft report for the design contract was being reviewed.
Mr. Bempong informed the Minister that the contractors were mobilising resources such as equipment for the establishment of concrete and asphalt and precast plant as well as the construction of a campsite which would serve as offices and a mess for the contractors.
The £256 million project being financed by the Standard Chartered PLC of Germany under an Export Credit facility, is expected to be completed by November 2024 once the physical construction works get underway.
The six-lane project, Mr Bempong said, would have a flyover from the Ashaiman end stretching some six km long towards Gbetsile near Michel Camp with associated service roads.
“We have divided the cross sections into four with the first section being a two-lane dual carriageway with service roads, while the second section stretching seven kilometres will have a three-lane dual carriageway, and an additional section stretching from Asutuare Junction area to Kpong, and subsequently to Akosombo, all in the Eastern Region,” Mr Bempong said.
Earthworks Already, the contractor, Mr Bempong said, had started the clearing and earthworks along the stretch to allow for the new construction to be fed into the existing road to allow for the diversion of traffic from the existing road into the service roads being created.
He also indicated that 11 footbridges would be constructed between Ashaiman and Atimpoku owing to the huge development along the stretch.
Dualisation Hon. Amoako-Attah tasked the contractors to consider revising the completion date to September 2024 instead of the November deadline.
The government, he said, had made the dualisation of roads a major priority to ensure it was in tandem with the developmental progress of the country. “We all know the importance of the dualisation of roads and the progress it could bring to the country in terms of transportation and trade and agri-economic development, and I believe the commencement and completion of this project will bring relief to commuters,” he said.