Govt releases funds to rebuild Swedru bridge

The government has released funds for the rebuilding of the damaged steel bridge on the Akora river at Agona Swedru.

The Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) has estimated the cost of  rebuilding the bridge at GH¢235, 987.50.

Following the release of the funds, officials of the GHA have begun dismantling the entire bridge which would be completed within a month, after which Las Adventuras Limited, the firm that is dredging the river, would remove all the rocks under the bridge to ensure the free flow of the river.

After that had been completed, the actual rebuilding of the bridge,  expected to be completed within one month, would commence. Progress of work

The Agona West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Samuel Oppong, told the Daily Graphic, after inspecting the progress of work last Wednesday,  that after the dredging had been completed, the central piers of the bridge would be reconstructed. 

He noted that all the necessary processes had been completed and the damaged bridge would be rebuilt in some few months time to help reduce the vehicular traffic in town since the bridge collapsed.

The MCE could, however, not confirm whether or not the contractor who damaged the bridge would be made to bear the full cost of the reconstruction.

He explained that after everything had been completed, it would be determined whether it was by accident that the bridge got destroyed or through the negligence of the contractor.

A letter from the ministry, dated March 7, 2014 and addressed to the Agona West Municipal Chief Executive, signed by Mr Romeo Adu-Tutu, Director in charge of Administration for the sector minister, entreated the MCE to ensure that the contractor executed the works to specification in order to achieve full value for money. Background

The steel bridge was destroyed on February 9, 2014 when the contractor dredging the river used dynamite to blast some rocks under the bridge.

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