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Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

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.

Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange
Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

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.

Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

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.

Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange
Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

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.

Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

“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.

Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

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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Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

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.

Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

“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.

Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

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.

Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

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.

Akufo-Addo opens 4-tier Pokuase interchange

“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.

 

 

 

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