Reconstruction works have commenced on the Baily bridge which is a part of the 16-kilometer Tema-Accra Beach Road. The bridge crosses the Kpeshie Lagoon in Accra.
The work is being done by China Gansu International company and is expected to be completed by December 15, 2022. This was disclosed during an inspection by the Greater Accra Region’s Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Atta, on some ongoing road projects.
Amoako-Atta was accompanied by the Chief Director of the Ministry, Alhaji Dr. Awullo Abass. Other people who accompanied him were the directors of the Ghana Highway Authority, Urban Roads, and Feeder Roads.
The contractor was actively working to install the pillars that will support the beams before actual concrete work began. As a result, the Accra-Teshie part of the road was blocked when the minister and his crew arrived at the site.
Steel metal Baily bridge to be replaced with a concrete one
According to the Engineer, Mr. Kwaku, the Baily bridge which is made of steel metal will be replaced with concrete. Amoo Gottfried, the Director of Urban Roads, informed the minister that security measures had been implemented for efficient traffic management.
According to him, Teshie to Accra will have two lanes open in the morning to ensure efficient traffic flow. Furthermore, the two lanes from Accra to Teshie would also be accessible for traffic in the evening.
Following the discussions, Mr. Amoako-Attah stated that commuters had to deal with a great deal of annoyance due to the heavy traffic on that route. He, therefore, pleaded with the public to be patient with the contractor while attempts were made to fix the bridge. He urged the contractor to labor around the clock to complete the Baily bridge project before the holiday season.
Furthermore, the minister applauded the Motor Traffic and Transport Division of the Ghana Police Service for providing sufficient security at the site.