A sod-cutting ceremony has been performed to kick-start rehabilitation works on the embattled New Takoradi road.
The deplorable state of the stretch of road connecting Paa Grant roundabout and the New Takoradi Community has provoked series of protests from residents of the community.
And in one of such protests, the residents resorted to burning of tyres, molesting of a driver of Takoradi Flour Mill and issuing threats to occupy the premises of Takoradi Port to get the attention of city authorities to fix the road.
But all that is now a thing of the past as finally work will commence.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Mayor of Sekondi Takoradi stated that the rehabilitation work will not only cover the Paa Grant and New Takoradi stretch of road but will see some roads in New Takoradi and link to the newly built Takoradi container terminal.
He stated that the project will cost 28 million Ghana cedis and will be completed in a year by Justmoh Construction with financial support from Ibestek.
Engineer Kwame Adjei, who spoke with ATV News indicated that the rehabilitation of the New Takoradi road will be in two phases.
“The first phase will see the rehabilitation of the stretch of road from Paa Grant Round About to the Port and that stretch of road will be constructed with high quality pavement blocks… we are using pavement blocks because most of the cars that ply this roads are heavy tracks and with pavement blocks the road can stand the test of time and the weight of these heavy trucks.”
“The second phase will see the rehabilitation of some roads from the New Takoradi Roundabout and we link it to TACOTEL and the Sekondi road to create easy access for residents of New Takoradi. The project will commence on the 19th of December this year.”
Director of Takoradi Port, Captain Ebenezer Afadzi, stated that the rehabilitation of the road was in fulfilment of a promise Takoradi Port made 3 years ago to the people of New Takoradi.
The director of Takoradi Port stressed that the road plays an instrumental role in the activities of industries situated within the port.
He was optimistic that the road when rehabilitated will augment actives at the Takoradi Port.
He highlighted that “annually over 10 million tonnes of cargo are commuted via the road for export.
“And l believe that when this road is fully rehabilitated our cargo for export will shoot to 20 million tonnes for export.”
Chief of New Takoradi, Nana Abakar, commended the port authorities for not reneging on their promise to reconstruct the road and pledge his support for the project.
Story: From Simon Ahensah, ATV, New Takoradi, Western Region