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The ongoing construction of the Bongo-Balungu-Zorko road in the Upper East Region is progressing steadily.  

The construction of the 8 km road also includes the construction of a major bridge which had its edges washed off rendering the road inaccessible especially during the rainy season.

The road links Bongo to neighbouring Burkina Faso but since the defects on the bridge, travelers to and from Burkina Faso have resorted to alternative routes.

The Bongo-Balungu road in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region is in a deplorable state and posing risks to road users especially drivers and motorbike riders.

The road, which is one of the routes linking the District Capital, Bongo, and neighboring Burkina Faso has been left to deteriorate and causing accidents to road users every day.

The bad nature of the road particularly the only bridge which links the Balungu community and Bongo is severely damaged as erosion has eaten the edges of the bridge into the middle of the road making it a death trap to its users.

The eroded nature of the Bongo-Balungu Bridge cannot permit two vehicles to use it at the same time.

The road also links several communities in the district and serves as the main road of the people whenever they want to access health care at the district hospital and engage in economic activities.

When Radio Ghana visited the construction site, Sanam Construction Limited, were on site working to ensure that the construction works is finished on schedule.

Speaking to Radio Ghana, the District Chief Executive for Bongo, Peter Ayinbisah, said the bad nature of the road particularly the bridge, had compelled vehicles to prefer other routes such as the Paga road through Bolgatanga, at the expense of the district leading to huge losses of revenue.

He underscored the importance of rehabilitated roads to the economic prospects of the district, adding that it would boost the implementation of the government flagship programmes such as the One-District-One-Factory where the Assembly had proposed Clay and Rock Factories for construction.

Mr. Ayinbisah expressed his satisfaction about the ongoing construction of the Bongo-Balungu-Zorko road.

Story by GBC’s Upper East Regional Correspondent Samuel Ayammah

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