The Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta, has disclosed that 6,000 kilometers out of 11,000 kilometers of roads are to be completed under the government’s second year of roads program.
His update follows the 4,000 kilometers of roads constructed in the first term of the Akufo-Addo administration.
Speaking at a press briefing in Accra on Sunday 23 May 2021, Amoako-Atta said that the 6,000 kilometers of roads to be completed fall under critical, cocoa, town roads and asphalt overlays, and the Sinohydro Master Project Support Facility.
On critical roads program, the minister said part of the roads to be completed are Navrongo to Naga stretch of roads, the Wa to Bulenga to Yaala road, Salaga to Ekumdipe to Kpandai road which is 60% complete, upgrading of Yagaba to Mankarigu road as well as the upgrading of Daboya to Mankarigu road among hosts of road projects
“As part of government’s year of road program, 81 number of critical roads of the total length of 2,167.2 kilometers were identified in all the 16 regions for rehabilitation at a cost of GHC 7.827 billion,” he said.
Under the cocoa roads program, the minister said 325 projects are currently ongoing across cocoa growing areas across the country establishing that 4,853 kilometers of roads are being constructed at a cost of GHC14.511 billion.
He said these include the Aboabo to Esikuma to Dunkwa road, Have to Hohoe road, Sefwi to Wiawso to Akontobra stretch, the Dodokorpe to Borae junction road, Hohoe to Jasikan road among other road projects.
Amoako-Atta said 563.3 kilometers of roads are to be completed under the town roads program at a total cost of GHC 1.083 billion including the rehabilitation of Gambaga, Nalerigu, and Walewale town roads as well as phase 1 of the upgrading of Prestea and Tepa town roads among others.
Asphalt overlay program
Touching on the asphalt overlay program, Amoako-Atta said, “the Ministry of Roads and Highways has programmed to undertake 1,500 kilometers of asphaltic overlay in major towns and cities across the country including hospitals, schools, courts, police barracks, army garrisons, and other security service compounds.”
He said 1,301 kilometers of roads will be completed under this program in towns such as Obuasi, Kumasi, Akwatia, Oda, Winneba, Swedru, Berekum among others at a cost of GHC 1.665 billion stating that the end of this government, 3,000 kilometers of roads would have been completed.
On Sinohydro Master Project Support Facility, Amoako-Atta said four road projects are ongoing including two interchanges. The road projects, he said, include the Accra inner-city roads, Kumasi inner-city roads, dualization of Adenta to Dodowa, and the rehabilitation of Ajumako to Afransie road.
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