Government is to spend four million cedis only on the temporary rehabilitation of the two major bridges at Buipe and Yapei in the Northern Region.
Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako Atta, who ordered a temporary closure of the two bridges, made this known in a Citi News interview in Tamale.
He promised that rehabilitation of the two bridges will last for four weeks for which reason users should use alternative roads including that of the Eastern Corridor and the Wa to Techiman routes to the southern part.
He said the temporary rehabilitation is only to allow road users use the bridges within the Christmas festivities, after which the construction of an entirely new bridge will start.
[contextly_sidebar id=”eM5lQ6XG6wEZM08I8l1TknT7Nk5zmJ7S”]”The Yapei bridge is more terrible than that of Buipe, hence the stopgap measure. We cannot afford as a government to see the north cut off from the south, and that is why we have taken this bold steps to save lives.”
Kwasi Amoako Atta said plans are far advanced to replace the two bridges within two years to be funded by the Chinese government.
“The bridges are shaking and vibrating, and government cannot afford to wait until it causes a major disaster, that is why we are compelled painfully, though temporarily to close the bridges. The bridges are over aged, and now death traps to road users. I appeal to transport owners and the road users to bear with us.”
“It is an unpleasant situation, but we cannot afford to lose lives. The bridges link Ghana to other parts of the Sahel, and as a responsible government, we cannot afford to allow any major disaster to occur on the bridges.”
The Minister added that, construction of the Daboya bridge along that of Buipe and Yapei, will begin in 2018. He said each of the three new bridges is estimated at 25 million US dollars each.
He commended the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for being instrumental in attempts to put in good shape the deplorable road network in the three regions of the north.
The Minister is on a working visit to the Northern Region with one of his Deputies, Anthony Abaryifa Karbo, and the Ministry’s Chief Engineer as well as other senior staff.
By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/citifmonline.com/Ghana