Roads//Parliament on Wednesday gave approval to a loan facility of One Hundred and Fourty Seven Million, Five Hundred and Five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty Four Euros (€147,505,734.00) for the reconstruction of Bechem-Techiman-Akomadan and Takwa-Agona Nkwanta roads projects
The government, through the Ministry of Roads and Highways says it has recognized the importance of good road infrastructure as a critical facilitator of rapid socioeconomic development in the country through the improvement of acces, reduction in travel times, congestion, vehicle operating costs and accidents.
Chairman of the roads and transport committee and MP for Ayensu Ano constituency, Samuel Aye-Paye, explained that, to ensure the operational efficiency of road transport in moving persons, goods and services both within the country and with neighbouring countries, the government has already implemented some major road infrastructure projects and continues to source funding for the implementation of additional critical road projects in line with it’s infrastructure development agenda.
He explained that, the Bechem-Techimantia-Akomadan road (40.4km) runs in South-North direction from Bechem in the Bono Region through Dwomo and Techimantia all in the same Region to Akomadan in the Ashanti Region.
“The road connects the Bono Region to Akomadan in the Ashanti Region, joining the main Kumasi Techiman road at Akomadan through mainly agricultural towns and villages. The proposed 40.4km section to be reconstructed is in advanced state of deterioration,” he stated.
He said this has led to high vehicle operating costs, dust pollution in the settlements, road accidents and low utilization of the main road in terms of traffic volumes.