It has emerged that the Ministry for Roads and Highways is importing parts for a new steel bridge to be constructed in place of the broken-down bridge at Navio.
This is according to Gerard Ataogye, the DCE for Kassena-Nankana West in the Upper East Region.
It would be recalled that the deplorable bridge that links about 3 communities succumbed to the weight of an articulated truck carrying rosewood on March 23, 2022.
While waiting for the new bridge to be fixed, the District Assembly in March, constructed a bypass for residents. This bypass has however washed away making it incredibly difficult for residents who use that stretch of road.
Speaking to Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show Monday, September 5, 2022, Mr. Ataogye explained that the Ministry of Roads has not lost sight of the work to be done in the area.
“It is a very wide river so what we did in the dry season was to, within the river, create a place for cars and motorbikes to ply. With these heavy rains, all that has been washed away.”
“Myself and the hardworking regional minister met the minister for roads and he assured us of working on it. The point is, a team came to check [the broken bridge] and considering the wide nature of it [the river], they tried to see if they can shift and use concrete but the technical people are saying the steel bridge would be the best,” he said.
As such, “in our conversation with the sector minister, [it came to light] that they are importing steel materials from the UK. When it [the steels] come, they would work on it.”
Mr. Ataogye was however unable to give specific timelines for the arrival of the steel for the reconstruction of the bridge.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana