New Tema Motorway Interchange opens to traffic this Saturday
The New Tema Motorway Interchange opens to traffic this Saturday, May 16 2020. The Roads and Highways Ministry acting through the Ghana Highway Authority which made the announcement said it will come out directional animations to guide motorists.
It Ministry said, “the directional animations which have been developed will subsequently be broadcasted on all TV channels across the nation.”
The five new interchanges were built on the Accra-Tema motorway as part of the expansion works on the stretch.
In March this year, the Roads Minister, Kwasi Amoako Atta, said the current Tetteh Quarshie interchange will also be remodeled.
He said it is to ease the flow of traffic as part of the project which will also see the 19-kilometre dual-carriage highway turned into six lanes.
The traveling public and motorists have been advised to drive cautiously, adhere to Road Safety Regulations, and respect directional signages.
The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, on Tuesday, performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a three-tier Pokuase Interchange and other roads in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, to ease traffic congestion.
The project is jointly funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Government of Ghana at an estimated cost of US$84 million, and it is expected to be completed in April 2020.
It is being executed by the Zhongmei Engineering Group Limited under the Accra Urban Transport Project (AUTP), to facilitate the free movement of people and transportation of goods and services in the rapidly developing industrial zone of the Ga West Municipality.
It comprises the construction of a five-kilometer Awoshie-Pokuase road, a three-tier interchange at Pokuase ACP Junction, a two-kilometer Accra-Nsawam Highway, a two-kilometer Kwabenya road, and 10-kilometer local roads.
The project also includes the development of an urban master plan, which would provide a common and holistic platform for integrated transport and urban development solutions in Accra.
The Senior Minister, who cut the sod on behalf of President Akufo-Addo at a well-attended ceremony at Pokuase, said on completion of the project, it would help ease traffic congestion in some selected local roads within the four quadrants of the interchange, and enhance the competitiveness of Accra as a major trade and industrial hub in West Africa.
He urged the contractors and supervisors to execute the project in accordance with project specifications and design, saying; “We shall not entertain any shoddy work on this project and will be following up very closely to make sure that the project is delivered according to design.”
The Minister urged the Urban Roads Department and the Ministry of Roads and Highways to provide adequate supervision and ensure timely payment of compensation to affected individuals to prevent any delays.