President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday cut the sod for the construction of the 23 kilometre road that links Dome in the Greater Accra Region to the Kitase Road in the Eastern Region.
The 35 million dollar road project which is expected to be completed in 12 months would serve as an alternate route connecting Accra to Kumasi road, and the Accra-Aburi-Koforidua road.
The road would also provide access to the Ashesi University at Berekuso. The project is being funded by the Government with the support of the Kuwaiti Government. Messrs First Sky Construction Ltd, an indigenous company is undertaking the project.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, President Akufo-Addo noted that the construction of that stretch of road had been the subject of promises made by various political parties and successive Governments over the years.
“I am happy that it is under the Presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that the rehabilitation of the Dome to Kitase Road is finally being undertaken,” he said.
The President told the gathering that the project was in line with the Government’s agenda to provide good, 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 country.
These include the construction of 100 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 22 kilometres of Cape Coast Inner City Roads under the Sino Hydro Project; the construction of 10 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 31 kilometre Agona Swedru to Bawjiase Road, which has been substantially completed by M/S China Railway Wuju.
The President also mentioned the ongoing works on the second 100-kilometre Kumasi Inner City Roads Project, which is being undertaken by M/S Sino Hydro, and is currently 10 percent complete.
He said the Government was working on the dualisation of Tema- Aflao Road, including the construction of interchanges at Kpone, Savana, Dawhenya and Prampram, as well as the widening of the Beach Road, from Independence Square to Tema, in the Greater Accra Region.
Work is also ongoing to upgrade the 15.4-kilometre Ofankor to Nsawam Road into a ten-lane facility, including the erection of interchanges at Amasaman, Pobiman, Medie and Nsawam, has just commenced.
“Asphaltic overlay works throughout the country are also ongoing. One thousand and five kilometres were completed between 2017 and 2020, and 739kms of asphaltic overlay have been completed between 2021 and now. Government’s target of constructing, in this second term, one thousand, five hundred kilometres (1,500kms) of asphalt overlay works is very much on course,” he said.
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.
He also asked the contractor to ensure the completion of the project on time and on budget.
The scope of work on the Dome-Kitase road project 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.
Road furniture, including street lighting, signs, markings and guard rails would be provided. The project would also provide traffic control systems, concrete curbs and pedestrian walkways, drainage structures, ducts for future utility line crossings and relocation of affected utility lines.