November 17, 2016The construction of the 94 million dollar Pokuase Interchange project is to commence soon after the government yesterday finally secured the counterpart funding of 83 million dollars from the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group by signing the loan agreement.
The loan agreement which was part of the recent loan agreement which was approved by the Parliament before raising this October for the upcoming elections is expected to commence in the first quarter of next year and will be completed after 36 months.
The project located in the western corridor of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, is aimed at removing the expected bottleneck at the Pokuase junction by preventing streams of traffic congregating from the Awoshie-Pokuase and Accra-Kumasi roads.
The project specific activities will include "The construction of a three-tier interchange at Pokuase ACP Junction. "The first tier links Accra to Nsawam. It is the existing Accra-Nsawam-Kumasi Highway. "The third tier connects Awoshie to Pokuase ACP. "The middle tier can be used to access to Awoshie, Pokuase ACP, Accra and Nsawam. "Traffic management and safety features such as a roundabout, zebra crossings and lay byes. "Street lighting along all the legs "Supervision of works
Speaking at the signing ceremony which saw the country resident representative of African Development Bank Ms Akin-Olugbade, Marie-Laure said the loan is expected to help see traffic ease at the Pokuase ACP Junction and the Nsawam road.
“We are happy to see this project finally here to commence. We have played a lead role in helping Ghana to expand its infrastructure and today’s signing is a continuation of the Pokuase – Awoshie road which we funded. We have heard the benefit of that road to commuters and more importantly to us we see this other project as a way for us to significantly contribute to the urban development of Ghana.”
“The loan has come about as a result of the improvements we have seen in Ghana’s transport sector and we this helping to ease the heavy traffic which affects productivity,” She stated.
Meanwhile the Minister of Finance Seth Terkper who signed for and on behalf of the government of Ghana stated that the project which is one of its kind in Ghana is expected to include several social amenities such as schools, hospitals and library.
“This the first for the African Development Bank to be experimented in Ghana and they say they are going to take the model elsewhere. So the amount supports all the other amenities”
He therefore admonished the urban roads department to ensure that the project will be completed on time and on budget.