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The ferry site and the adomi bridge site

The Adomi Bridge at Atimpoku in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region has been officially shut down to pave way for repair works.

According to the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), the repair works was estimated at ?13 million and expected to be completed in two years.

The GHA announced that travellers to the Volta Region and other parts of the country using the Eastern corridor would now be ferried by a pontoon from Atimpoku to Akrade, where an alternative route has been constructed for light duty vehicles.

The bridge, designed in 1957 by William Brown of the Engineers Fox and Partners has not seen major repairs over the years.

The ferry services which started operation yesterday were supposed to help commuters to cross the river in about five minutes.

There were two of them as at yesterday, but one developed a fault and engineers were working on as at press time.

They had been designed to convey about 15 vehicles and 150 travellers at a time.

Travellers to Volta Region after crossing would have to connect at Juapong to their destinations.

The situation had compelled drivers and commuters to pay more as there has been an increase in the cost of transportation and the use of the pantoon.

Currently, the charges for vehicles range between GH?1.00 and GH?85.00, depending on the type.

Motorbikes pay GH?1.00, saloon cars/tricycles pay GH?10.00, Pickups/ Urvans pay GH?12.00, buses and KIA trucks are paying GH?15.00, MMT bus/ 2axles tippers pay GH?20.00, Backhoes are paying GH?15.00, Pay loaders pay GH?20.00 and Articulated trucks pay GH? 30.00.

Also, a Low loader with excavator pays GH?40.00, a Low loader with Grader pays GH?50.00 and a Low loader with roller pays GH?50.00.

In addition, Low loaders Dozer D4 pays GH?45.00, D6 pays GH?65.00, D8 pays GH?75.00 and D9 GH?85.00.

Some of the drivers interviewed by DAILY GUIDE complained bitterly about the charges imposed by the GHA and appealed to the government for reduction.

However, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Alhaji Aminu Sulemani, who commissioned the ferry on Monday, urged commuters and drivers to bear with government as they work hard to reduce the hardship of the public.

DCE for Asuogyaman, Thomas Nyarko Ampem told DAILY GUIDE business activities had reduced at Atimpoku and Kpong due to the closure of the Adomi Bridge.

According to him, a number of traders are now contemplating relocating to Senchi and Old Akrade where ferry services are being provided.

Osei Kofi Ameyaw, MP for Asuogyaman Constituency also commended government for providing ferry services to ease the transportation needs of the public.

The chief of Old Senchi, Nana Adu Adjei Bonsa II, lauded government for the ferry services and appealed for more of such facilities for the people.

FROM Bampoe Daniel

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