President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for construction works to begin on the 4-tier Suame interchange in Kumasi. The Suame Interchange is the first 4-tier interchange in the Ashanti Region. It is the second in Ghana after the Pokuase Interchange, which President Akufo-Addo dedicated on July 9, 2022.
President Akufo-Addo stated at the sod-cutting ceremony that the interchange will address the ongoing traffic problems around the Suame Roundabout. Additionally, it will enhance urban mobility within the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.
Other ongoing projects aside from the Suame interchange
The President stated that, aside from the Suame interchange, the government was handling crucial road projects around the nation in a comprehensive manner so that every section of Ghana has quality, all-weather roads.
Additionally, he added that the ongoing work on the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project is 97% complete. According to him, the works involved in this project, include the upgrading of the Lake Road Coca-Cola Bottling Plant to Dompoase. As well as the lining of the 2km Sissai Stream.
President Akufo-Addo said, “The project’s component, the building of a contemporary terminal at Dompoase, has been completed and already operating. By the end of the year, the entire project is anticipated to be completed and put into operation. The projects are being carried out by M/S China Henan International Corporation– CHICO and are being supported by the AFD.”
Overview of the Suame interchange project
Suame Interchange will include a 4-Tier Interchange at the Suame Roundabout, and overpasses at Abrepo Junction. As well as Krofuom Junction, Anomangye Junction, Magazine New Road Junction, and Abusuakruwa Junction.
The Suame Interchange is being built by the Spanish company M/S Grupo Dizmar and the Ghanaian company Rango Construction Ltd. Additionally, the project will also include a few complementary road components that will be completed entirely by Rango Construction Company Ltd and under the supervision of the Department of Urban Roads of the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
Suame interchange project in Ghana approved for US$ 16.2M+
A more than US$ 16.2M contract for the Suame interchange project in Ghana has been approved. The contract which is between the Government of the West African country and Rango Construction Company was approved by the parliament. It covers the planning and development of the first phase of the interchange project and Related Works in Kumasi.
It is anticipated that the Suame interchange project, which would begin in September of this year, would be finished in 36 months. The project’s goal is to lessen congestion and boost traffic effectiveness. This will consequently help meet demands for freight transportation, road safety, urban growth, and commercial development.
Moreover, the project aims to reduce traffic accidents and injuries, and transportation costs in relation to freight, among other things.
Scope of the Suame interchange project
The breakdown of the Suame interchange project includes the general components, the scope of work, and the road restraint systems. The remaining items are road markings, related construction, drainage, electricity, lighting, traffic signals, vertical road signs, and backup plans.
“The committee is convinced that the project will remarkably lessen the halt in the Kumasi road transportation system. This was reached after carefully assessing the contract agreement according to Mr. Kennedy Osei Nyarko. The latter is the Chairman of the Committee on Roads and Transport. He is the one who submitted the committee’s report. Nyarko further said that the interchange Project would help raise overall traffic safety and the quality of life in the Suame area.
On the other hand, Mr. Governs Kwame Agbodza hailed the government’s efforts to improve the country’s infrastructure. Agbodza is the Ranking Member of the Committee on Roads and Transport. According to what he said, communities build roads for more reasons than just the benefit of the local population. He claimed that individuals who do not reside in Suame will also use the Suame interchange.
Agbodza made the case that the roundabout at Suame is now unfit for use. Therefore, the interchange project will greatly speed up transport in the Area.