Gov’t pledges to construct 200 bridges, 6,000km of roads

Government has pledged to construct an estimated 6,000 kilometers of roads nationwide over the next four years.

Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah made this known at a press conference held at the Information Ministry in Accra on Sunday afternoon, May 23, 2021.

He said the roads will include town roads, cocoa roads, town roads, Sinohydro roads and roads that come under other critical projects.

According to him, between 2017 and 2020, Government constructed about 4,000 kilometers of roads nationwide.

He said government intends to construct a minimum of 200 bridges nationwide over the next four years.

He said by the end of the four years if nothing at all, government would complete at least 120 of the bridges.

He revealed that between 2017 and 2020, some 50 bridges were constructed nationwide.

According to him, by 2024, 20 interchanges would have also been completed.

Mr Amoako-Attah stated that as at the time President Nana Akufo-Addo took over on January 7, 2017, Ghana had a total of 78,400 kilometers roads in terms of length.

Out of this total, 23% as at that time had been paved 18,000 kilometers, he revealed.

The remaining 77% percent were not paved, he bemoaned.

Conditions of road is divided into three categories namely good, fair and poor, according to him.

He said 39% of the roads inherited from the NDC were good; 32% fair and 29% poor. Around 50% of roads were considered to be in terrible, poor condition, according to him.

Over 64 years of independence, if we have done well the people of this country are better judges, he said.

According to him, the Roads and Highway Ministry continues to undertake periodic maintenance works on roads nationwide.

130,671 kilometers of routine maintenance works on roads since 2017, according to him.

He said Department of Urban Roads undertook 18, 202 kilometers of roads.


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