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Kambaa bridge construction to complete by end of July, says Asenso-Boakye

The contractor on site assured the minister that the bridge construction would be finished and operational by the end of July this year

The Minister of Roads and Highways, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has said that the construction of the Kambaa Bridge is progressing well, with the contractor reporting a 60% completion rate.

This update was provided during his visit to assess the project’s progress.

The contractor on site assured the minister that the bridge construction would be finished and operational by the end of July this year.

The contractor stated, “By the 31 July 2024, we will finish the project, but as I said, for the past three days, we’ve not been working because of the flood.”

The new bridge is being built parallel to the old one, positioned slightly higher to prevent future flood damage.

The contractor explained that most components and materials are already on-site, and significant work on one side of the bridge has been completed.

“What is now left is to transfer to the other side, the abutment on the other side. It will be done with the main concrete works,” he added.

The Kambaa Bridge, situated between Lawra and Nandom on the N12 highway, is a critical route that starts at the Ghana-Côte d’Ivoire border in the Western Region of Ghana and extends north to Hamile on the Ghana-Burkina Faso border.

As part of the Trans-African Highway network, this route is frequently used by long vehicles traveling to Burkina Faso, highlighting the urgency to rehabilitate the old, hazardous bridge.

However, the project timeline could be affected by heavy rains that sometimes flood the area.

During the visit, the Minister was also briefed on the dualization of roads in Nandom township, a project initiated in August 2022. Engineers reported that preparations are underway, and affected residents are set to be compensated.

The rehabilitation of the Kambaa Bridge is expected to enhance trade between Ghana and neighboring Burkina Faso.

Reporting by Alhassan Tajudeen in the Upper West Region

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