The concreting of roads in some parts of the Tema Heavy Industrial Area in the Greater Accra Region by government is progressing steadily.
Currently, the 5.4 km stretch at TOR-Tema Steel Works to DVLA Road which is being undertaken by two local firms – Messrs Lèmef Construction Limited and Messrs Joshob Construction Limited – is seeing the casting of concrete.
Stone basing works – the final work before concreting – have also commenced around the steel works junction to Tropical Cable.
When DAILY GUIDE visited the scene, a paver machine was also seen doing some concreting works on the road near DVLA stretch.
Site Supervisor Michael Eduah told DAILY GUIDE that they were almost done with the construction of the drains.
According to him, ground preparation works, including laying of stone basement ahead of the concreting of some parts of the road, were ready.
It would be recalled that last year, Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia cut sod for the concrete road construction. The Vice-President said the project was being piloted and could be extended to some major roads in the country. He said it was cheaper building a concrete road compared to an asphalted road.
According to him, the road was selected based on its functional use by heavy duty vehicles.
Road Construction Engineers explained that although the initial cost of concrete roads was relatively high, it was more economical, compared to asphalt roads, over a period of not less than 40 years.