Adomi Bridge

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Adomi Bridge
Adomi Bridge at Atimpoku.JPG
Adomi Bridge at Atimpoku
Coordinates6°14′22″N 0°05′44″E / 6.23944°N 0.09556°E / 6.23944; 0.09556Coordinates: 6°14′22″N 0°05′44″E / 6.23944°N 0.09556°E / 6.23944; 0.09556
Carries2 lanes of vehicular traffice
CrossesVolta River
LocaleAtimpoku, Eastern Region, Ghana
Official nameAdomi Bridge
Characteristics
DesignWilliam Brown
Total length334 m (1,096 ft)
History
Opened1957; 62 years ago (1957)
Adomi Bridge is located in Ghana
Adomi Bridge
Adomi Bridge
Location in Ghana

The Adomi Bridge is a bridge located in Ghana in West Africa. It spans the Volta River that drains into the Gulf of Guinea, south of the Akosombo Dam.

It is a two-hinged steel arch bridge with a deck suspended by cables.[1] It was designed in 1956 and completed in 1957 by William Brown, of the engineers Freeman Fox & Partners.

Route to the bridge[edit]

The Adomi bridge is located in Atimpoku in the Eastern Region of Ghana which is located along the Volta River. It is accessible from any part of Ghana. A trip from the north of Ghana and one will have to go through the eastern corridor and finally use the Adomi Bridge. Accra the capital of Ghana is about 130 kilometres from Atimpoku and Tema is also 100 kilometres away.[2]

Maintenance works[edit]

  • 2008 : Some serious cracks on the structure's traverse beams were discovered. Following these findings, the Government of Ghana imposed a load limit on the bridge in an attempt to slow down the rate of damage. The cracked girders were locally strengthened by the installation of additional steel plates at the affected areas. The continued use of the bridge by overloaded trucks however, further compromised its safety and stability.
  • 2009 : More cracks developed, mainly around the same area as the earlier ones were discovered; this necessitated major rehabilitation works on the suspension bridge.[3]
  • 2014 : The bridge has been closed to traffic on 10 March 2014 till 2016 for repair works.[4]
  • 2015 : Newly refurbished bridge opened to traffic in December 2015.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adome Bridge (1957) Structurae". en.structurae.de. 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "Routes to Adomi Bridge". dearghana.com. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Photographs of the Adomi Bridge, April 2016". Independent Travellers. independent-travellers.com. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "Adomi bridge to be closed down Monday". myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Mahama gets first ride on 'new' Adomi bridge". Retrieved 4 February 2018.