Government and the Czech Republic have signed a €47 million credit facility to provide 50 steel bridges in selected communities across the country as part of infrastructure works.
The Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah disclosed Wednesday that the project involves the design, supply and installation of steel components for the construction of new bridges.
He said it will also include the replacement of some existing bridges on rivers and pedestrian bridges including the execution of all sub-structure works and approach road works.
The Roads and Highways Minister signed on behalf of government for the facility while the Czech Republic Ambassador did same for his country.
Collapse bridge at Amasaman in Accra
“According to the agreement the Department of Feeder Roads will have 20 bridges, the Ghana Highway Authority 20 bridges and the Department of Urban Roads 10 bridges,” the Information Minister said.
He added that the project is estimated to be completed within a period of 24 months from the commencement date.
In February this year, the Roads Minister solicited the collaboration of the 48 Engineers Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces towards the construction of 5,000 steel bridges to facilitate economic activities nationwide.
Kwasi Amoako-Attah said his Ministry would soon enter into an agreement with the Defence Ministry to enable members of the Regiment to support the rehabilitation of about 150 steel bridge components that had been knocked down.
The core objectives of the Project include satisfying the basic human needs by increasing accessibility to hospitals, schools and other social/ cultural facilities which are greatly hampered due to lack of bridges at river crossing points.
The Ofoase Ayirebi MP said the construction of the bridges will also help remove traffic bottleneck at river crossings and improve the movement of goods and people within the areas of influence.
“It is expected that by the end of the project execution, all year round access to schools, hospitals and markets will be provided thus eliminating interruptions in transporting people, farm produce and other items during the rainy seasons,” he said.
Government is hopeful the development of the bridges should also increase the incomes of the people living along and within the project areas.