Rehabilitation work on the Adomi Bridge is taking shape with the completion of two out of the three components. The two components include the design, fabrication of steel slaps and the installation of 10 decks, representing 51 per cent of work to be done on the entire project.
Scheduled to be completed by October next year, the rehabilitation works involve the replacement of the old decks and the installation of 23 new decks together with the hanger cables.
The Project Manager at the construction site, Dr Paul Hermann, said this when the Minister of Transport, Mrs Dzifa Attivor, toured the project site last Friday.
Dr Hermann indicated that an inspection trolley would also be installed under the bridge for the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) to carry out inspection and maintenance work.
He said the final stage would involve sealing, glueing and asphalting of the surface after which vehicles would be allowed to drive on it.
Dr Hermann said 55 local workers comprising welders, fitters and other auxiliary workers were employed on the project.
He said 10 experts were also brought from Europe to train the local artisans who would be working on the project.
Mrs Attivor said she was impressed with the progress of work.
Relocation of toll booth
According to Mr Victor Nyantakyi Baah,a resident engineer of the Ghana Highway Authority, four-lane toll booths would be constructed between the Adomi and Juapong side of the road with two booths in each direction.
He said the booths would be located 1.2 km away from the bridge to prevent heavy vehicular traffic and also ease the pressure that would be exerted on the bridge.
Background of the project
The Adomi Bridge was closed to motorists in March 10, 2014 to pave way for the rehabilitation work.
The project, which was scheduled to be completed in 30 months, is being funded with a consessionary loan of 12.9 million euros from the Bank of Austria.
Earlier, a by-pass was constructed and two pontoons provided to ferry vehicles and passengers across the river.
Source : Daily Graphic