The government of Ghana is set to begin construction of a new bridge over the Volta River on the Eastern Corridor road, next year. This is after the government approved a loan agreement of US $112.39m from the Japanese government for the project in December 2016.
The bridge, which will be Ghana’s second longest, will be an asphalted dual carriageway with ancillary facilities including pedestrian walkways, bicycle lanes, a mini rest stop and toll bridges. The project seeks to complement the government’s effort to develop the Eastern Corridor road which is the shortest route connecting the Greater Accra, Volta, Northern and Upper East regions.
Volta River Bridge
According to the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Attah, the project consists of a 540m long and 17.1m wide cable stayed bridge on concrete pier and abutments. It will have three spans, two outer spans of 96m and a middle span of 280m. “The bridge is expected to serve as a catalyst for regional integration and contribute to the overall growth of the economy. It is also expected open up the corridor and boost the export of Ghana’s non-traditional crops, mainly sheatnuts, cocoa butter and mango from the Eastern, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Northern Regions to the ports of Tema and Burkina Faso.” he said.
The project will also help reduce travel time, congestion, vehicle operation costs and directly improve the socio-economic well-being of the road users. The project, with its ancillary facilities, will also help boost the economic activities and local economy of the project areas thereby reducing poverty. The new bridge will the be an alternative to the Adomi Bridge and would increase transport capacity on the Eastern Corridor.