Assessing road construction: potential impact of constructing the Kwabenya Kitase road on the local economy

Date
2016-07
Authors
Boa-Amponsem, Nana Ama
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Ashesi University College, published by Mot Juste
Abstract
Road construction typically confers significant benefits on the population the road serves. A recent rapid growth of urban residential areas in Ghana has necessitated the construction and rehabilitation of the roads linking these urban areas to major commercial towns in the country. The Kwabenya (Abuom) to Kitase area, straddling Ghana’s Eastern and Greater Accra regions, is a typical example. Using both primary and secondary data sources, the research reveals that agricultural production is perceived by several respondents as likely to be improved by the construction of the road. Several major sectors of the economy, such as education, real estate, arts, entertainment and recreation, construction and hospitality are also identified as likely to be improved by a better road network. In spite of these positive impacts, the research identifies certain negative implications of a construction of the Kwabenya-Kitase road. These include dust, noise and the destruction of arable land and a consequent change in the livelihoods of inhabitants, especially within the Agyemanti-Kitase area. It is established that constructing the Kwabenya-Kitase road is likely to boost the local economy, as long as an effective maintenance culture is enforced. However, responses also show a concern that an influx of businesses is likely to diminish arable land for construction and commercial purposes.
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Ghana, Kwabenya, Kitase, road construction, local economy
Citation
Boa-Amponsem, N A (2016) Assessing road construction: potential impact of constructing the Kwabenya Kitase road on the local economy. Ashesi Economics Lectures Series Journal 2 (1): 17-26