No more patching, gov’t to asphalt deplorable roads nationwide – Minister

The government is to asphalt major roads that are in deplorable shape across the country, Roads and Highways Minister, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has announced.

A policy to that effect is expected to be rolled out soon, he told 3FM, noting it is now the priority of the government to give most roads in the towns and cities which are in bad shape, a facelift in order to ensure its longetivity  

“It’s a policy decision of Ministry of Roads and Highways to asphalt most of the major roads in the country in towns and in cities in order to give theses roads a new lease of life,” he said.

Some major roads within the Accra Metropolis which were in deplorable shape were recently asphalted as against the previous practice of patching potholes on those roads, which did not last.

He said the new move has been prompted by the fact that the previous patching of roads with potholes has not been effective. He noted that when potholes were patched, they deterioirated quickly.

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“Now you realize that in the past what we did was to patch these pot holes, and anytime we patch the potholes no sooner had we patched then new potholes will emerge or those same potholes will open  up,” he said .

Alhaji Fuseini also hinted the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Interchange which is currently under construction, would be completed by the end of September this year to bring an end to vehicular traffic that has characterised the area for years.

“The road is expected to be completed by September of this year and by all indications, work is on schedule. The contractors are up…they are delivering on the schedules that we have  agreed upon and it is hoped that by end of September, the road will be completed and handed over.So far, I have no reasons to doubt the capacity of the contractor to complete work by September” he he assured

By Collins Essuman|3FM 92.7||Ghana

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