According to Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, vice president of the Republic of Ghana, work on the four-tier Suame Interchange in Kumasi would start in September 2022.
According to him, the much-awaited project fulfills a commitment the New Patriotic Party NPP made to Ashanti Region inhabitants some time ago.
When Dr. Bawumia opened the 100-kilometer Kumasi Inner City Ring Road and Adjacent Streets Project at Kentinkrono in the Ashanti Region on August 1, 2022, he made this statement.
Following parliament’s acceptance of the financing facility for the Suame project, the vice president made the revelation.
A credit arrangement for the construction of a 4-tier interchange at the Suame roundabout in Kumasi was authorized by parliament on July 27, 2022.
The deal is between Deutsche Bank S.A.E. and the Government of Ghana (GoG).
It will be used to pay for the planning and development of Kumasi’s Phase One of the Suame Interchange and Ancillary Works Project.
The granted loan is for a total of €156.4 million.
There were two parts to the loan arrangement between the Government of Ghana (GoG) and Deutche Bank S.A.E.
One was for €135,396,518.38, while the other was for €21,000,000, for a total of €156.4,000,000.
The project is anticipated to be finished 36 months after it started in September 2022.
In order to guarantee the free flow of traffic within the region and shorten travel times, Dr. Bawumia noted that the project involves converting the Suame roundabout into a four stage interchange.
He said that everything is ready for the project to start, and President Akuffo Addo would officially turn the first sod in September of this year.
The GHA has undertaken the rehabilitation and upgrading of 264 km of roads since 2017, the Vice President disclosed, with the roads either at primer seal stage or have the full seal on them. In addition, 28km of critical roads are at Asphaltic binder stage in the region.
As well, the Department of Feeder Roads has completed about 342km of roads since 2017. Some of the roads completed and tarred include Poano-Ntinnanko Feeder Road (6km); Barekese-Fufuo-Adugyama Feeder Road (10km); Ahenkro-Boamag Feeder Road (11km); Upgrading of Menang Junction-Menang-Dotom Feeder Road (15km); and Bitumen Surfacing of Fiankoma-Hia Feeder Road (14.5km).
Assuring the region of Government’s continued commitment to improving road infrastructure, Vice President Bawumia emphasized:
“There are currently a lot of road works at various stages of completion in the region and we intend to ensure that they are all completed. I am happy to inform you that Parliament has approved the construction of the Suame Interchange- Phase1. Works are expected to start by September 2022.
I know you are also eager to hear about the Boankra Inland Port. I am happy to report that the contractor has moved to site for work to begin this month,” he added.