On Friday, July 29, 2022, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic, turned the first sod for the Dome to Kitase Road, a crucial link connecting the Greater Accra and Eastern Regions.
At the sod-cutting ceremony, President Akufo-Addo highlighted that over the years, a number of political parties and successive governments had made promises regarding the development of this road.
“I am pleased that the renovation of the Dome to Kitase Road is now being undertaken under the Presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,” he stated.
The 23-kilometer section of highway connects the Accra-Kumasi and Accra-Aburi-Koforidua roads and offers motorists an alternative route between Accra and Aburi.
One of the top Universities in our country, Ashesi University, is easily accessible from the road.
According to the President, “the rehabilitation of the Dome-Kitase Road is being funded by the Government of Ghana and the Kuwaiti Fund. The works, estimated at thirty-five million dollars ($35 million) and scheduled to be completed within twenty-four (24) months from today, are being undertaken by M/S First Sky Construction Ltd, one of the best road construction companies in the country.”
The Dome-Kitase project, along with numerous other road construction initiatives across the nation, is in keeping with the government’s plan to build high-quality road infrastructure to hasten the socioeconomic development of our nation, according to President Akufo-Addo.
The President mentioned the construction of a hundred kilometers of roads and supporting infrastructure as part of the Kumasi Inner Ring Road and neighboring streets project as some of the road projects completed nationwide during his presidency.
Roads have been built as part of this project in Nyhiaeso, Bantama, Oforikrom, Manhyia, Subin, Tafo Pankrono, Asokwa, Suame, and Kwadaso.
Other road projects include the construction of twenty-two kilometres of Cape Coast Inner City Roads under the Sino Hydro Project; the construction of ten kilometres of Prestea and Heman Inner City Roads under the Sino Hydro Project; the completion of the 56.4km Jasikan-Dodo-Pepesu Road on the Eastern Corridor, constructed under the SinoHydro Project; and the thirty-one-kilometre Agona Swedru to Bawjiase Road, which has been substantially completed by M/S China Railway Wuju.
In addition to these, the President stated that work is ongoing on the second one-hundred-kilometre Kumasi Inner City Roads Project, which is being undertaken by M/S Sino Hydro, and is currently ten percent (10%) complete. The dualisation of Tema- Aflao Road, including the construction of interchanges at Kpone, Savana, Dawhenya and Prampram, is also ongoing.
The widening of the Beach Road, from Independence Square to Tema, is also ongoing. Lot 1 of this project involves the expansion of the Beach Road from Independence Square to Nungua, and is thirty-eight percent (38%) complete. Lot 2, which is the widening of the Beach Road between Nungua and Tema, including the construction of a three-tier interchange at Nungua, is 60% complete.
The upgrading of the 15.4-kilometre Ofankor to Nsawam Road into a ten-lane facility, including the erection of interchanges at Amasaman, Pobiman, Medie and Nsawam, has just commenced.
“Asphaltic overlay works throughout the country are also ongoing. One thousand and five kilometres (1,005kms) were completed between 2017 and 2020, and seven hundred and thirty-nine kilometres (739kms) of asphaltic overlay have been completed between 2021 and now. Government’s target of constructing, in this second term, one thousand, five hundred kilometres (1,500kms) of asphalt overlay works is very much on course,” he said.
The President urged the Ministry of Roads and Highways to put in place the necessary traffic management measures to reduce any inconvenience to the public during the construction period, and he urged further the contractor, M/S First Sky Construction Ltd., to ensure the completion of the project on time and on budget.