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24.03.2006 Regional News

Roads in Amansie West District under upgrading

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Antoakrom (Ash), March 24, GNA - Roads in the Amansie West District of Ashanti are being upgraded to open up the district to enhance the socio-economic development of the area. This came to light when Mr Ben Kwakye-Adeefe, the District Chief Executive and personnel of the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) inspected the 17-kilometre road from Kwaakokrom Junction to Manso-Nkwanta, which is under construction.

He also inspected the 28 million cedis bridge, being built on River Nnwene, which would be completed by the end of April this year. About four out of the 10 kilometres of the road from Kwaakokrom Junction to Antoakrom, which constituted the first phase of the 14 billion cedis project, has been tarred.

Work on the remaining stretch from Antoakrom to Akropong would be completed by the end of May this year. The 14-kilometre Manso-Nkwanta-Abore road is also under construction.

Speaking after the inspection of the projects, the DCE said at the completion of the project, the whole stretch of road from Kwaakokrom Junction to Manso-Nkwanta would have been tarred to make travelling from Kumasi to Manso-Nkwanta, the district capital much more comfortable and quicker.

He said all feeder roads in the district have been rehabilitated to make them much more motorable and that, some of them would be upgraded and tarred.

Mr Kwakye-Adeefe said government was very much aware of the deplorable nature of roads in the district, even though the district produced a lot of cocoa and foodstuffs. He said Government has therefore taken a serious view of the situation and that was why it had come out with a programme to improve upon roads in the district for easy movement of goods and services. The DCE appealed to the people to be patient with the government, while it rehabilitated the roads to make travelling much more comfortable for them.

Mr Kwabena Owusu-Aduomi, Ashanti Regional Director of GHA, commended the contractor for the good work it was doing on the road. In addition to the construction and rehabilitation of the roads, culverts, he said were being built on the roads at the cost of 1.5 billion cedis, as part of spot maintenance on the roads.