Construction of an 8.3-km road/causeway between Keta and Horvi, re-establishing a link lost to erosion.Sea defense works to limit further erosion by stabilizing the shoreline with one offshore breakwater and seven headland groynes, a feeder beach and beach nourishment placed between the groyne bays from Keta to Horvi.Construction of a flood control structure to provide inhabitants around the lagoon with relief from extreme flooding conditions. Land reclamation from the lagoon in the area of Keta, Vodza and Kedzi, providing areas where housing and businesses can be rebuilt. The project promotes protection of the environment through sustainable use, and fosters socio-economic interaction and growth.For example, there will be added territory for agriculture, and the road/causeway provides and re-opens the way for traffic to neighboring Togo and coastal Ghanaian cities, towns and villages, providing farmers and other businesses in the area access to markets.The new beaches and rubble mound headlands will create protected areas where fishers can launch their canoes, and give a secure home to the shore-based drag-net fishing industry.The flood relief will decrease farmer losses due to flooding of the lagoon, and reclaimed land will provide new areas for the creation of homes, businesses and communities.
Finally, the Keta Sea Defense Project brings a constructive commercial American presence in the West African economy, generating purchase of U.S. goods and services totally more than US$75,000,000. Great Lakes assisted in arranging financing for the project with the U.S. Eximbank.
Mobilization of 24 inch (610 mm) CS dredge “Utah” on the Chinese submersible Sha He Kou;Transport of quarry equipment from Houston and Newark;Road transport of the 777 trucks and 998 loaders from Tema to the quarry;Reinforcement of pipe and culvert crossings on the haul road;Grading and maintenance of haul road between the guarry and the jobsite;Soils investigation along road and in the adjacent borrow pit area;Removal of overburden at the quarry to prepare for mining rock; Erection of storage and additional maintenance facilities at the quarry for civil equipment. Drilling and blasting operations in the quarry will begin in July and rock processing in August. Rock hauling for construction of Groyne No. 4 will begin in November.