Adomi Bridge – History Behind The Bridge

by Kojo Pocu

The Adomi Bridge connects the small village of Adomi on the western side of the bridge with Atimpoku on the eastern side. It was planned in the early 1950s by the well-known British structural engineer and bridge designer William Christopher Brown, with construction beginning in 1956 and ending a year later in 1957.

While Williams W. Brown designed the building, the actual construction was overseen by Sir William Halcrow and Partners, which is today known as Halcrow Group Ltd.

The facility cost Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s government $2.4 million and weighs roughly 900 tons, according to official documentation; however, extensive improvements in recent years may have changed its weight.

Many people still appreciate Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, for his foresight in recognizing the need for a massive bridge connecting the Eastern and Volta regions and making it one of his priority projects upon taking office as Prime Minister in 1957.

Historical Facts About Adomi Bridge

-On January 25th, 1957, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Sir Charles Noble Clark, a top British government official, commissioned the bridge, two months before the official proclamation of independence.

-With a length of 334 meters, the Adomi Bridge is the second-longest bridge in Ghana, trailing only the 650-meter-long Sogakope Bridge.

-After it was discovered that the Bridge was being destroyed by heavy-load trucks, the Ghanaian government set a weight limit on the Bridge in 2009 in an attempt to slow down the rate of destruction.

-In 2014, the authorities shut down the bridge for $14 million in maintenance and rehabilitation work.

Ghana Travel Restrictions 

Ghana is open to most travelers again. I mean travelers from all over the world. However, you do need proof of your COVID-19 vaccination(s) or a negative test result before being allowed entry.

Many hotels, attractions, and private tours are open with new health & safety protocols in place, and you still have to follow certain guidelines. They are all good for our safety. 

Read the ultimate travel guide to Ghana to help you plan your trip.