The steel bridge over Paawudu’s Pra River, which connects the Eastern region’s Akyemansa District to the Ashanti Region New Edubiase, has been repaired and reopened for traffic.
Around six months ago, the bridge was damaged when a low-bed articulated truck carrying an earth-moving machine demolished sections of it and on March 28, 2019 blocked access to other highway users.
Damage Most of the steel bridge’s bolts and nuts were separated from their joints, causing half of the bridge to cave in.
The fall of the bridge forced drivers and other commuters traveling to Kumasi, Obuasi, and vice versa from Oda, Ayirebi, Akyem Ofoase, Asamankese, and Agona Swedru to create a detour through Akyem Aperade to join Brofoyedu’s primary Cape Coast-Kumasi highway at a enormous price and inconvenience.
Mr Paul Asamoah, Chief Executive of the Akyemansa District (DCE), opened the rehabilitated bridge at a Paawudu ceremony last Wednesday.
He and Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Member of Parliament of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for Ayirebi, appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Chief of Staff, Ms Frema Osei-Opare, and the Ministry of Roads and Highways for the early rehabilitation of the damaged bridge to restore traffic along the path.
Mr Asamoah said the appeal gave a favorable reaction as the Ghana Highways Authority’s Bridge Maintenance Unit was awarded the bridge repair agreement, which took about six weeks to finish the department.
The DCE expressed appreciation for the bridge’s rehabilitation to the government and other personalities and organizations.
He recommended motorists on the road to be aware of the traffic laws and the weight they were carrying through major projects such as the bridge and to prevent overloading their cars to maintain the bridge’s complete life span.