Innovative Financing of Road Projects in the Ghanaian Construction Industry

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Road transport represents a dominant force in the transport industry in developing countries. It therefore stimulates growth and development. However, traditionally roads provision in developing countries has been the responsibility of government and the huge budget constraints over the years has made governments unable to effectively fund road infrastructural provision. This problem calls for paradigm shift in the provision of road infrastructure in Ghana. Consequently, the study was articulated with the aim of exploring innovative ways of financing urban road projects in Ghana. A quantitative enquiry to the study was adopted and subsequently, close-ended questionnaire was utilised in eliciting response from the major stakeholders in the road construction industry. The data was subjected to analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics. Based on the overall rankings the findings revealed that Construction management and Public private partnership are the modern or innovative project financing options frequently used in urban road projects. Accessible financing, Cost effectiveness, Improved quality of services among others are the drivers that somewhat push innovative road financing. The barriers identified to be significant were Contractual complexity, Unfavourable economic and commercial conditions, Corruption issues all having mean values greater than 3.50. Throughout the study it became apparent that most innovative financing projects in other infrastructure projects were awarded not on competitive basis. It is therefore recommended that innovative financing of urban roads be awarded on competitive basis to ensure value for money. Public engagement is necessary, especially with the affected communities. The study explores a relatively new area and consequently serves as the basis to spur future research.
A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Building Technology in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of Master of Science [MSc] in Construction Management,
Innovative Financing, Road Projects, Construction Industry, Urban Roads, Road infrastructure