The Acting Commander of the Ghana Army and N.L.C member responsible for Communications, Works and?
The Acting Commander of the Ghana Army and N.L.C member responsible for Communications, Works and Housing, Brigadier Ocran, this morning visited Sogankope in the Volts Region to see progress so far made on the new bridge which is being built across the Lower Volta. The bridge which is estimated at about two million pounds is being financed by the West German Government. Work on the bridge is expected to be completed by February. Brigadier Ocran who accompanied on his visit by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Housing Mr. Winful, the Principal Assistant Secretary Mr. Ampofo and the Administrative Officer of the Keta District, Mr. Sai.
Brigadier Ocran was conducted round the project by the General Manager of a Joint West German Constructional Firm, Mr. Fleischmann and his [illegible].
Brigadier Ocran saw the construction of concrete bridge ramps which are being built to cover the enbankments of the bridge. Two hundred and fifty Ghanaians and twenty-five West Germans are engaged on the project.
The bridge which is two thousand one hundred and eighteen feet long is being constructed with pre-stressed concrete and has seventeen spans. The bridge girder is about twenty-five feet above the surface of the water. When the bridge is completed it will facilitate transportation across the Volta River on the international route from Acora to the neighbouring African states of K Togo, Dahomey and Nigeria.
Brigadier ocran saw how immovable coffer dams are constructed in the river. The dam enables foundation slabs and piers to be laid in the dry places in the river.
The dam which is made of pre-packed concrete tightens the bottom of the river, and diverts the river water from the working place.
At the boring island, Brigadier Ocran saw how soil underneath the River Volta is bored, and the material underneath is pumped out. The boring enables the construction of pillars for the piers to be erected.
Mr. Kaffl explained the project with the aid of a plan.
Thousands of people both Ghanaians and visitors from neighbouring African countries travel daily across the Volta by ferry. When the bridge is completed the ferry would be sent to Ada to offer easy transportation to people travelling between Keta and Ada.