Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has turned the first sod for construction to start on the 3rd tier Tema Motorway Interchange. The project to be constructed on the existing second tier is estimated at $26m and is expected to be completed in 30 months.
The interchange, according to Dr. Bawumia, would boost the number of interchanges that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-administration Addo has either finished or is working on to over 12.
These interchanges that government is either working on he stated, would greatly enhance the socio-economic development of the country. As they are all part of measures to improve traffic flow between Tema Harbour and other parts of the country.
Overview of the 3rd tier Tema motorway interchange project
Bawumia stated that the project will involve the construction of a 1.8-kilometer interchange to link Tema Harbour and the Ashaiman roundabout. The project will also have covered drains, paths for pedestrians, amenities for public transportation, and street lighting. Messrs. JFE Engineering Corporation will handle the project.
Additionally, a four-lane expressway with three service lanes on either side and several footbridges connecting the Community 18 junction interchange will be added to the Tema Motorway, making it an eight-lane facility in total.
According to Dr. Bawumia, funding arrangements are taking shape, and the government will undoubtedly carry out the project effectively. He claimed that since 2021, 413 kilometers of asphalt overlay work had been completed in the Greater Accra Region. Bringing the total length of asphalt overlay work done there since 2017 to 947 kilometers.
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The Vice President also urged the monitoring organizations to ensure that the project was completed ahead of schedule and thanked the Japanese government and people for funding the project with grants through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Hisanobu Mochizuki, the Japanese ambassador to Ghana, stated that his nation’s funding is evidence of the two nations’ profound and enduring friendship and is intended to help Ghana’s road infrastructure. He pleaded with the government and the overseeing organizations. To provide the 3rd tier Tema Motorway Interchange project the strong leadership it needs to be completed quickly and effectively.
The Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr. Amoako-Atta, urged residents and motorists to bear with the contractor during the period. And assured that the project would be done according to specifications to ensure the country gets value for money.