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18.11.2004 Regional News

Work on Mallam-Kasoa road is impressive - GHA

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Accra, Nov. 18, GNA - Work on the Mallam -Kasoa road is 23 per cent complete, Comptran Engineering and Planning Associates, project engineers and consultants, said on Wednesday.
Mr Joe Okyere, Project Director of the Consultants, told the members of the Board of Directors of the Ghana Highway Authority, who were on inspection tour to the Project site said the target was to get about 24 per cent of the work completed by the end of October.
He said nine kilometres of one of the lanes of the new Mallam - Kasoa Road would be opened for use in the next two weeks.
He explained that the construction of the 28 million dollar Mallam - Kasoa Road, a World Bank/Ghana Government Project involved the reconstruction of 18 kilometres of major primary road linking Accra to the Central Region.
The road is being upgraded from the existing single carriageway bitumen surface road to asphaltic surface dual carriageway from Mallam to Kasoa.
Work on the road, which commenced on February 2, 2004 is scheduled for completion in February 2006.
Mr Okyere appealed to the Board to make additional money available for the construction of service lanes, which was not in the original plan.
Mr Shteelan Haim of SBI Sonitra, the contractors, said five junctions have been created to ease traffic flow while culverts have been constructed to allow the free flow of water.
He cited the relocation of the Kasoa Market, obstruction of waterways of major culverts as some of the major challenges they faced. He said he was, however, optimistic that work would be completed on scheduled.
Mr Kenichiro Suwa of Taisei Corporation, contractors of the Kasoa - Winneba portion of the road said work on the 27 million dollar project was 56 per cent complete.
The Project, a two-lane carriageway is being financed with grant from the Japanese Government. Work started in December 2003 and is scheduled for completion in March 2005.
Mr Joseph Danso, Board Chairman of GHA, told Journalists that he was impressed with the progress of work.

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