Construction of a single-lane steel bridge over the Okye River in Ghana has been completed. The 79-year-old concrete bridge over the Okye River collapsed on September 2019 after the river overflowed its banks following a downpour resulting to the construction of the steel bridge.
The bridge links nearby communities in the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa and Birim Central districts in the Central Region and the Birim South District in the Eastern Region. It as constructed by the Bridge Maintenance Unit of the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) at a cost of US $101,000.
The bridge will officially be opened soon after Works Department of the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa Assembly completes filling the sides of the road to ease movement on that stretch. The bridge is expected to put an end to the situation where motorists and pedestrians had to use a longer and winding alternative route through Benin to Asuoko-Jamra to reach their various destinations.
In addition the government of Ghana has partnered with Ghana Armed Forces, to construct 5,000 steel bridges nationwide in bid to
The Minister of Roads, Kwasi Amoako-Attah said the ministry has solicited the collaboration of 48 Engineers Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces towards the construction of the bridges.
“The move to construct the steel bridges falls under the ‘Ghana beyond Aid’ initiative which seeks to develop Ghana’s economic development beyond aid and the collaboration between the military and civilian employees is a step towards the implementation of the vision,” said Amoako-Attah.