Cape Coast – Praso Bridge reconstructed

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The Jukwa portion of the Cape Coast – Praso road, which was washed off by floods last Saturday, has been temporarily reconstructed, while assessment is being made to fix it permanently.

The collapse, which rendered the road inaccessible has been filled with boulders and covered with sand in less than 48 hours for commuters and residents in the area to regain access.

Mr Kwasi Amoako-Attah, the Minister for Roads and Highways, during an inspection on Monday, assured those frantic efforts were underway to permanently fix the road within the shortest possible time.

He gave no specific timelines.

Mr Amoako-Atta said the area was a food basket for the nation and therefore, government could not afford to leave the road unattended to.

Mr Amoako-Attah, in the company of Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, the Central Regional Minister and officials from the Ghana Highways Authority, Feeder and Urban Roads toured various deplorable roads and bridges within Cape Coast and its environs to assess the extent of damage and to have them repaired.

More than 13 communities were wrecked, scores of buildings flattened and over a 1000 people displaced by the floods last Saturday after two days of torrential rains.

Many roads were rendered inaccessible due to the impact of the floods on bridges and the roads.

Apart from Jukwa, the Minister also visited Berase and Ankaful where equal damages have been caused to bridges.
He said the Surowe River which overflowed its banks split the Jukwa bridge will be desilted and trimmed to create a wider channel to contain high volumes of rainwater.

At Berase, a bridge linking two communities had caved in and rendered the road inaccessible, leaving residents and commuters stranded and making life unbearable for them.

Mr Amoako-Attah, in an interaction with the community members, assured them of government’s commitment to restore the bridge immediately.

He said civil works would soon commence to install a steel bridge for the community.
The Ankaful-Elmina Road has also been cordoned off about 300 meters away from the Ankaful Prisons due to a huge manhole created under the road by the flood.

The Minister, once again, gave his word to fix the situation as soon as possible.
For her part, Mrs Assan said the havoc caused by the floods was not only a prove of encroachment of waterways but also due to the unusually high volumes of water.

She cautioned people leaving in Flood-prone areas to relocate until the rainy season was over.

The Regional Minister reiterated the President’s commitment to pull down all structures in waterways to limit the impact of floods in the country.

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