The refurbished iconic Adomi bridge in the Eastern Region, has been opened to traffic after President John Mahama, officially commissioned it on Saturday.
The emblematic bridge, was closed for about two years for works to be done on the bridge, which was constructed under Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and has been on some of Ghana’s currencies notes.
The rehabilitation work, cost Ghana an estimated €13 million.
It is a major connecting route for commuters from the Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta Regions, and the Northern Region, as well as some parts of the central region.
Residents from towns located around the bridge, and the Volta Lake, were extreme happy to see President Mahama re-open the Adomi Bridge to traffic and their activities which includes trading.
The need to rehabilitate the bridge, became crucial when visible cracks developed on some concrete works on it in 2008, due to fatigue.
President Mahama, thanked users of the facility for their patience in ensuring work was completed on schedule, adding “my government will continue to pursue policies and programmes aimed at empowering the poor in society.”
He said, the re-opening of the bridge, would boost economic activities in the area.
The bridge built in 1957 to link Atimpoku and Juapong, is seeing its first major rehabilitation in its 58 years history.
The President, urged motorists and pedestrians to observe traffic regulations and ensure the facility is maintained at all times.
He said, with the re-opening of the bridge, the two pontoons, which ferried the inhabitants of the area, while repair works were ongoing, would be taken to two different areas to serve same purpose.
The chiefs and people of the area, thronged to the durbar ground in their numbers amidst joy with smiles on their faces.
The Minister of Roads and Highways, Inusah Fuseini, Transport Minister, Dzifa Aku Attivor, Eastern Regional Minister, Antwi Boasiako Sekyere, and the Volta Regional Minister, Helen Ntorso, were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.
Madam Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party, also graced the event.
Founder of the Ghana Freedom Party Akua Donkor was there too