I used $289m to construct 3 interchanges, Mahama used $260m to construct one interchange – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo and former President John Mahama

$289 million has been used by the Akufo-Addo government to construct three interchanges.

The interchanges include Pokuase, Obetsebi-Lamptey and Tamale, as opposed to $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,” President Akufo-Addo said when he commissioned the four-tie Pokuase interchange in Accra.

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.

He stated that the Pokuase interchange is an integral part of comprehensive measures put in place by government to address the issues of congestion in urban centres, and to help improve travel times on major arterial roads.

To this end, he disclosed, 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 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 kilometres 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”.

Additionally, he stated that the Legon/Adjringanor roads, aimed at improving travel times within that corridor, are fifty-two percent (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 kilometres of asphalt overlay in all parts of the country.