An total of 50 properties in some suburbs of Kasoa in the Central Region have been marked for demolition, to pave the way for the construction of a 24-kilometre road, to ease traffic congestion within the township.
The ?western by-pass? road takes off from the Winneba road at the old barrier, through Bortianor, Aplaku, Kokrobite, Tuba, and Nyanyano, and connects back to Winneba at Sapato close to Budumburam.
Owners of properties, mainly private residences and shops, which are in the corridors of the project have been issued notices with timelines and would be required to produce permit for appropriate compensation.
These came to light on Monday when an 18-member Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport chaired by Mr. Michael Coffie Boampong, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bia West, inspected a section of the project at Kasoa.
The inspection was part of a five-day monitoring and evaluation of road networks in the Central Region.
The Western by- Pass project, being constructed by Joshob Construction Company Limited and funded by government at the contract sum of Ghc30, 333, 171.776, began in June this year, and is expected to be completed within 24 months
Briefing the committee, Mr. Jacob Nelson, Maintenance Engineer of Greater Accra Regional Urban Roads, supervisors of the project, said a 20-metre span bridge would be constructed across the Okrudu River at Nyanyano.
He said other activities to be undertaken include pipe culverts, drains, pavements, walkways, road line markings and signs and traffic lights at Tuba ?Nyanyano and Sapato- Winneba road Junctions.
Mr. Nelson added that setting out of the road had been undertaken for the Kokrobite to Nyanyano section, and all encroachment identified and marked for demolition, adding that Nyanyano and Sapato setting was also on-going.
He said work was progressing, though he could not readily give the exact percentage covered.
The Committee was impressed with progress of work so far, and commended Mr. James Osei Brown, the Managing Director of the construction company who was yet to receive the first release for the project.
The committee was, however, disappointed with the condition of a 1.80 kilometreJeikrodua-Osaekrodua road in the Awutu Senya District, constructed by Messers Memphis Metropolitan Limited between May 2011 and August 2012 and handed over in 2013.
The road funded by Export Marketing and Quality Awareness Project and the African Development Bank at the cost of GHC 454,625.82 had deteriorated coupled with very bushy shoulders.
The ranking member of the committee, Mr. Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, Member of Parliament for Ejisu, expressed dissatisfaction with the situation.
He said the weedy shoulders of the paved road had prevented water from flowing off the surface of the road, thereby destroying the road in no time.
Mr. James Oppong, the Feeder Roads Engineer in charge of the road, when queried, mentioned lack of funds as the major constraint.
The chairman of the committee described work done as shoddy and said, the schedule officers would be summoned to Parliament to answer questions.
The issue of weeding of the shoulders of the roads, proper drainage systems and delayed projects, came up again when the Committee inspected the Apam ?Ankamu-Afransi Road, Mumford ?Otuam road, and Essiam Town and other adjoining roads on Tuesday.
The Central Regional Director of the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA), Mr. Owusu Sekyere Antwi, blamed the weedy shoulders of the roads on the non release of funds for organization and further explained that some contractors were behind schedule, due to delay in payment, adding that lack of resources was affecting the effective supervision of road construction.