The Minister for Roads and Highways Hon. Inusah Fuseini has said periodic maintenance of roads will continue to protect the huge investments made by government on road infrastructure.
The minister who said this in an interview with Joy FM today, added that as at end of June 2014, routine maintenance had been undertaken on 11,438km of the trunk road network; 4,994km on the feeder road network and 2,562km of grading works and pothole patching on the urban road network.
Additionally, periodic maintenance activities, comprising re-gravelling/spot improvement and resealing works had been carried out on 46km, 726km and 599km on the trunk, feeder and urban road networks respectively.
Speaking on the life span of various types of roads, Hon. Inusah said a typical surface dressed road was supposed to last for seven years while an asphalted road had a life span of between 10 and 15 years depending on the thickness of the asphalt. After the roads had outlived their life span, they ought to be rehabilitated to give road users smooth access he added.
Stressing on the need to keep a good maintenance culture of road infrastructure, the Roads Minister said it was better "to keep your old asset in very good order before you add on". He emphasized that "we need to preserve the investment and then we will carry on with other more investments that we want to undertake.
Explaining further, Roads Minister said "with the increasing outcry for new roads the temptation is that, the ministry goes out there trying to meet that need and then the old roads are left behind, hence the problem we are going through."
Source: ISD (Bagbara Tanko)