Construction works on the phase one of the Ho aerodrome in the Volta region is progressing steadily with the runway fast approaching completion.
The 1,600 by 30 metres runway is currently 90 percent complete, with total completion expected in November, according to the contractor, Amandi Holdings Ltd.
Mr. Justice Addai, Civil Engineer in charge of the project told a team of journalists and some residents during a tour of the project site at Titrinu, off the Ho-Kpetoe road, that they are in the process of laying asphalt on the runway for it to be ready for the inaugural flight in November.
“The runway is a major part of the phase one and it is 90 percent complete. We are left with the asphalt, which is in two layers and we are starting with the first layer,” Mr. Addai stated, adding that the runway is designed for ATR 72 and F28 planes, which are domestic flights.
He also explained work on other facilities such as the terminal building and access roads will, however, be ready at the end of the first quarter of 2017.
Mr. Jacob Fiadzigbe, the Safety Engineer who conducted the team round the runway, said due to the mushy nature of the land, about 18 feet of excavation was done and filled with granites to enable the runway stand the weight of the aircraft.
“There is no way we are going to have any problem, when this project is completed,” he assured, adding that, no incident has so far been recorded on the project due to the high safety standards adopted on site.
President John Mahama in September 2014 broke the ground for the 25 million dollar Ho aerodrome project, which is part of a US$150 million loan sourced by the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) on the strength of its own balance sheet.