The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako Atta has begun a three day inspection tour on road infrastructure projects in the Western Region today. His visit has taken him to the 8.5km dual carriage road from Nkroful Junction to Apollo traffic light.
The Regional Urban Roads Department has been highlighting some features and challenges associated with the project since its commencement.
Engineer Jones Debrah, head of the department, in his brief, noted that the project is about 95 percent complete, and that the construction firm, JUSTMOH Construction Limited, is upbeat at completing the work within schedule.
“Currently the progress of the project by the contractor is about 95 percent of physical work done and time spent is about 83 percent. So it looks like the contractor is ahead of time”, he explained.
He however mentioned that the project has had to deal with indiscriminate and destructive activities of mechanics and transport operators who use the roads as parking lots and repair spots. He added that the Regional Security Council had deliberated on the situation to resolve it as soon as possible.
“The community is using the road…we have a lot of mechanics whose activities overflow onto the carriage road and it possess a lot of danger to motorist. And we also have some of the transport operator speed onto the road and park at designated bus stops and invariably prevents other motorists from using those facilities”, Mr Debrah emphasised.
Mr Debrah indicated that the dual-carriage road has in total, twelve intersections which would require the installation of traffic lights in the shortest period.
“Currently what is remaining of the project is the safety works… installation of traffic signals; about twelve of intersections and road line markings which is yet to be completed. I believe by December, that’s the program of the contractor, we should be able to maybe invite you to commission this road”, he added.
The Minister, Hon. Amoakoh Atta expressed great satisfaction with the quality and pace of work being undertaken by the contractor.