President opens Kwabeng-Abomosu-Asuom road and bridge

President Akufo-Addo cutting the tape to commission the 45mm span bridge and reconstructed 41km Kwabeng-Abomosu-Asuom road in the company of the Roads and Highway Minister, Kwasi Amoako Atta; Executive Chairman of First Sky Group, Eric Kutortse; and officials of MRH, GHA, DUR and DFR

…praises contractor, First Sky Construction

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned the constructed 45mm span bridge on the River Birem and the reconstructed 41km Kwabeng-Abomosu-Asuom highway over the weekend as part of his tour of the Eastern Region.

The constructed 45mm span bridge on the River Birem and the reconstructed 41km Kwabeng-Abomosu-Asuom highway project was commenced on September 5, 2019 and scheduled to be completed by September 5, 2022. However, the contractor for the project, Messrs First Sky Construction completed works two months ahead of schedule.

The Kwabeng-Abomosu-Asuom road leads to major cash and food crops producing areas within the corridor. The road had sections in very deplorable conditions that required urgent reconstruction to facilitate the social and economic life of the communities along the stretch, reducing travel time and vehicular costs.

In a brief presentation during the commissioning, Naa Koshie Lamptey, a Bridge Engineer with the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), explained to the President that works on the 41km road project included provision of cross-drainage structures of various sizes at low lying areas and water crossing points, provision of road safety infrastructure to improve overall safety on the road, provision of u-drains in all the major towns along the corridor and trapezoidal drains at major cut sections along the road.

Aerial view of the Kwabeng-Abomosu-Asuom road

Other works included the widening of the existing road to the standard 10.3m width, including shoulders, improvement in the vertical and horizontal alignment to improve overall safety and provision of pavements with high quality materials to international specifications.

The reconstruction of the 41km Kwabeng-Abomosu-Asuom corridor was executed to a double bituminous surface dressed finish in addition to the new 45m 3-span reinforced concrete bridge on the River Birem with 200m section across the bridge finished with asphaltic concrete layer.

President Akufo-Addo, in the company of the Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, officials from the Ministry of Roads and Highways (MRH), Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), Department of Urban Roads (DUR), and Department of Feeder Roads (DFR), also unveiled a plaque to commission the projects.

The President further, expressed his satisfaction about the excellent and quality work done, and commended the contractor, Messrs First Sky Construction, while urging the company to keep up the good work.

In a related development, President Akufo-Addo also inspected works on the 33.2km New Abirem–Ofoase Kuma road, also being undertaken by Messrs First Sky Construction Limited, which is about 93 percent complete.

Executive Chairman of the First Sky Group, Eric Kutortse, assured the President that the project, which commenced in May 2020 and scheduled to be completed by May 2023, was well on course and would be delivered ahead of schedule. The New Abirem-Ofoase Kuma stretch is part of the 112km Nkwakaw–Akim Oda corridor.

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