i want to tell you a cool story about the Adomi Bridge and our journey there. but not today. then why this post in the first place? well, i really wanted you to see some cool photos we took of the place. enjoy.
fine..lemme be generic and give you a very brief, short, succinct, very very brief background about Adomi bridge. let’s call that, fun facts.
fun facts about the adomi bridge in Ghana
- it was originally called the Volta Bridge.
- it is the only suspension bridge (over water) in Ghana.
- the Adomi bridge is located in Atimpoku in the Eastern Region of Ghana which is located along the Volta River. it is situated bewteen the town of Atimpoku on the west bank of the river and the village of Adome on the east. It is also known as Senchi Bridge, but the town of Senchi is a few miles further south.
- the Adomi bridge was designed in 1956 and completed in 1957 by Sir William Halcrow & Partners (now Halcrow Group Limited) and William Brown, of the engineers Freeman Fox & Partners.
- the bridge was commissioned by Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah together with Sir Charles Noble Arden Clark on January 25th, 1957.
- the Adomi Bridge spans the Volta River that drains into the Gulf of Guinea, south of the Akosombo Dam.
- the Adomi Bridge cost $2,411,000.00 to build.
- the Adomi bridge weighs 900 tonnes and is 334 m (1,096 ft) long.
- Adomi is the only suspension bridge in Ghana.
- before the bridge was constructed in 1956 a ferry at Senchi, dangerous and unreliable in more ways than one, was the only mode of conveyance for goods, transport, and people in the region. from the central and northern parts to every other part of the country – north to the south, east to west.
- back in 2018, criminals actually stole bolts and nuts fastening the bridge. 😕
- oh also, in 1979, former president Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings flew a state fighter jets under the bridge. this catapulted Rawlings to an almost god-like status among many Ghanaians. sigh…we are weird people aren’t we?
damn it. i lied about the fun facts being really succinct huh? sorry not sorry. okay now photos.