The Government of Ghana has made the plans of constructing five roads in Upper West Region known to the public.
The Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr Amoako Atta, revealed that this plans will be under the government’s Critical Roads Project.
“The President has directed the Minister of Finance to raise special funding to fund these critical projects across the country. We will also concentrate on routine maintenance of the roads all-year-round to make the roads serviceable in all three categories,” said Mr Amoako Atta.
The roads to be constructed will include; the 31 kilometer Wa-Bulenga-Yala road, the 56 kilometer Fian-Issa-Wahabu road, the 41 kilometer Wahabu-Funsi-Yala road, the 20 kilometer Wechiau-Ga road and the 22 kilometer Wa-Han road.
On completion the roads will increase economic activity in the region, thereby improving the lives of the people in the area. Hence the total amount of roads to be constructed will sum up to 5,200 kilometer and is expected to be graded before the rains begins in June 2020.
The Upper West Region has a total road network of 3,607km out of which about 540km was paved and 344km at both graveled and earth stages. The Roads Minister further disclosed that 61 percent of roads under the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) were good, while 38% are fair and 1% are in poor conditions. Under the Department of Urban Roads on the other hand, 30% of its roads were considered to be good, 7% fair and 63% are in poor conditions.
There are approximately 72,000km of roads in the country out of which 23% had been asphalted with 39% in good condition while the rest are classified as fair or poor.