It seems the Adomi Bridge will now close in early 2013 - a key bit of information if you’re planning a trip up to the Hohoe/Wli area of the Volta Region from Accra.
By far the most direct route to the area is the Tema-Jasikan road, which means using the bridge to cross the river at Atimpoku. Repeated breaches of its weight restrictions have left it in need of repairs, which were expected to begin in late 2012 and last a year.
There’s talk of a car ferry operating in the same area, but bear in mind that ferry, bus and train services all have a well-deserved reputation for inconsistency. It may be fine, it may not. When the closure takes place I’ll try to get up there and scope it out.
The alternative is to drive east from Tema, crossing at Sogakope and heading north through Ho, the region capital. The drive to Sogakope also takes you into the vicinity of Ada Foah and Keta, the settlements either side of the Volta estuary. It’s possible the closure could divert some tourism to them, which would be a welcome thing.
As for the Hohoe/Wli area itself, it’s rightly popular with the Ghana cognoscenti – sandwiched between Lake Volta and the hills on the Togolese border, it has rainforest, waterfalls, the country’s highest peak and a charming little community monkey sanctuary.
Adomi Bridge photo by lucyboothy – my better half – on flickr.