Tarkwa-Ayanfuri-Bogoso road completion date extended

The completion date for the Tarkwa-Ayanfuri-Bogoso Road project has been extended.

The contractor, Reynolds Construction Company Limited (RCC), was initially scheduled to complete the work by June, this year, but he has been given four more months, extending the completion date to October, this year.

The Minister of Roads and Highways, Alhaji Amin Amidu Sulemani and a team of engineers have visited the project site to assess the progress of work. 

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Highway Authrity (GHA), Mr Michael Abbey, stated that the contractor would need 12 more months to complete the entire 93-kilometre stretch.

“Even after this extension, the contractor will still need another 12 months to complete this project but a decision is yet to be taken on that,”  he told the Daily Graphic.

The project has suffered delays following the contractor’s initial inability to identify a rock source for the works.

Currently, only 23 per cent of the 60.48-million-euro, European Union (EU)-funded project has been executed.

Roads minister unhappy with pace of work 
Alhaji Sulemani, at a meeting with the contractor,  expressed his frustration at the rather slow pace at which the work was being carried out.

“The contractor has promised to mobilise more equipment but there is still a lot of worry because technically, the project is expected to be completed in June, this year.” 

This is the second time the minister and his team of engineers, including the Chief Director at the Ministry of Roads and Highways, Dr Daniel Darku, the directors of Urban and Feeder roads, Mr Abass Awolu and Mr George Adu Afful, respectively, have visited the project.

The first time was in April, 2013. At that time, work done was only five per cent.

Project now on course
Identifying  a rock source for the works had been a major challenge in the execution of the project but that had been resolved, the resident engineer for the project, Mr Chandra Solanki, stated.

He described the pace of work now as healthy, and indicated that there were adequate equipment and personnel to speed up the work.

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