Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 9 July 2021,
opened the four-tier Pokuase interchange, the first of its kind
in West Africa and the second in Africa.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the completion of the interchange,
which will help solve, once and for all, the traffic nightmare that has
been endured by commuters for several decades, was completed in 36 months.
The Pokuase Interchange Project involved the construction of the
6.5-kilometre Awoshie-Pokuase road, an interchange at the intersection
of ACP Junction to the Awoshie-Nsawam road, two footbridges,
the widening of the Nsawam road by some two kilometers,
drainage works, the provision of streetlights and
the construction of 12 kilometers of town roads.
It also involved the rehabilitation of the Kpobiman Women’s Group
Centre to train women in pastry, bread, soap and bead-making;
rehabilitation of the Manchie Gari Factory for the processing of cassava
into gari and starch; the protection of the three-hectare Gua Sacred Forest;
and the provision of ICT labs for 14 basic schools, which will help train
some 10,000 basic schoolchildren within the Ga North, South,
Central and West Municipalities, with knowledge in information
and communications technology.
Addressing the gathering, the President indicated that the original
contract design was for a three-tier interchange, however, through
efficient management by his government, the Interchange was
modified to a four-tier structure within the same contract sum.
“Indeed, US$289 million has been used by the Akufo-Addo government
to construct three interchanges; that is at Pokuase, Obetsebi-Lamptey
and Tamale, as opposed to US$260 million being used, by the
Mahama government, to construct just the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.
These are further examples of the fact that we, in the New Patriotic Party,
are good protectors of the public purse,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo stated that the Pokuase interchange is an integral
part of comprehensive measures put in place by the government
to address the issues of congestion in urban centers, and to
help improve travel times on major arterial roads.
To this end, he told the gathering, which included the President of
the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, that the government
has begun the construction of Phase II of Obetsebi-Lamptey interchange,
the Tamale interchange, the PTC Roundabout interchange in Takoradi,
the Nungua interchange, which is part of the La Beach Road Completion
Project, the Adjringanor overpass, where ongoing works will be completed
by the first quarter of 2022; and Phase II of the Tema Motorway interchange.
In addition to the construction of interchanges, the president noted that
the government has embarked on a number of projects to improve
urban mobility in the country to help reduce travel times on our roads.
“These include the construction of some 1,200 kilometers of asphalt
overlay throughout the country in my first term. Beneficiary cities
include Accra, Kumasi, Tema, Cape Coast, Sekondi-Takoradi and Hohoe.
In Accra, some of the areas that have benefitted include Weija-Gbawe,
Dansoman, Abossey Okai, Osu, Adentan, Bubuashie,
Sakumono and Mempeasem,” he said.
The president continued, “The Tema Steelworks Road, the only concrete
road to be constructed by Government since the Accra-Tema Motorway,
has also been completed. Similar works are also being undertaken
within the Tema Industrial enclave”.
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Additionally, he stated that the Legon/Adjringanor roads, aimed at improving
travel times within that corridor, are 52% complete; the Kumasi Roads
and Drainage Extension Project, which includes the dualization of the
Lake Road and lining of the Sissai River Drain in Kumasi, is 75% complete;
and the Teshie Link Road, popularly referred to as the LEKMA Road, is 90% complete.
“Rehabilitation work on the Assin Fosu to Assin Praso highway is currently
ongoing, with that of the Agona Junction to Tarkwa highway beginning shortly,
as the contractor is mobilizing to go to site. Construction of the dualization of
the Sekondi/Adiembra roads, in Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region,
will begin next month in August,” President Akufo-Addo said.
Having declared 2021 as the “Second Year of Roads”, the President informed
Ghanaians that the Ministry of Roads and Highways has programmed to
undertake the construction of 1,500 kilometers of asphalt
overlay in all parts of the country.
On behalf of the government and people of Ghana, the president expressed
sincere appreciation to the African Development Bank, who jointly provided
funds with the government, for the execution of the Pokuase interchange,
and charged the Ministry of Roads and Highways to ensure the
proper maintenance of the Pokuase interchange over the design period.
“I appeal to the users of the facility, especially drivers, to adhere to
the various road safety measures put in place for the safe use of the facility.
The modernization of Ghana is steadily gathering momentum,
and I entreat all Ghanaians to join hands in building the Ghana we want,”
President Akufo-Addo said in conclusion.