Ghana has approved €256m in funding to upgrade the Eastern Corridor Road project in the country.

According to local reports, the funding was approved by the Ghanaian Parliament to upgrade a specific lot of the road running from the Tema Roundabout through Kpong to the Adomi Bridge.

The funding will help in building 19 pedestrian bridges and two intersections at Ashaiman Roundabout and Asutuare Junction.

The Eastern Corridor Road project will connect the capital of Accra with northern hinterland and across borders to the Sahel region.

Initially, the project was set to be completed by the end of this year. However, it was subject to several delays.

Ghana Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways Kwabena Owusu-Aduomi was quoted by local publication as saying in the Parliament: “It is good that that project has made adequate funding for geotechnical investigation.

“The first 14km is a three-lane on each side. Then we will continue with two lanes on each side and then we’ll end up 1km with a single lane on the other side.

“This is a very important project that I want the house to approve because it is now going to join the Eastern Corridor project that we started from Asikuma junction towards the north, so it is a very good project.”

Earlier this year, the Government of Ghana received a loan of $81.67m from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance sections of the Eastern Corridor Road project.