Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the vice president, has announced the start of construction on the “Improvement of the Tema Motorway Roundabout Phase 2” project.
The project would add a third layer to the two-tier interchange already in place, bringing the total number of interchanges under the control of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-administration Addo’s to over 12.
Vice President Bawumia described them as the Tema Motorway Interchange Phase 1 (completed), Obetsebi Lamptey Interchange Phase 1 (completed), Pokuase Interchange (first four-tier interchange -completed), and Tamale Interchange during the sod cutting ceremony on Monday, December 5, 2022. (completed).
The rest are Obetsebi Lamptey Interchange Phase 2 (Ongoing); Takoradi PTC Interchange (Ongoing); Nungua Interchange (Ongoing); Adjiringanor Interchange (Ongoing); Kpone Interchange (Ongoing); Savana Interchange (Ongoing); Dawhenya Interchange (Ongoing); Prampram Interchange (Ongoing); and Suame Interchange (Contractor mobilizing to site).
A bridge will be built to connect the Tema Harbour Road to the Ashaiman roundabout on the Akosombo Road as part of the Improvement of the Tema Motorway Interchange Phase 2, which is anticipated to be finished in 30 months, according to Ministry of Roads and Highways officials.
The Tema Motorway roundabout’s traffic flow will be improved by the grade separation.
Vice President Bawumia revealed that more work on improving the flow of traffic and roads is also planned.
“As part of measures to improve traffic flow between Tema and Accra, the Accra- Tema Motorway will be upgraded into a ten- lane facility. The Phase 1 of the project will be between Tema Roundabout and the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange. The works will include a four lane, concrete pavement expressway; 3 lane asphaltic concrete service roads on either side; construction of Lashibi, Community 18 and Teshie Link Interchanges and the remodeling of the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange.
“Financing arrangements are being finalized for the works to commence soon,” he mentioned.
Government is also undertaking a number of critical road works within the Greater Accra Region, Dr Bawumia indicated, including construction of the Tema-Aflao Road (17km) Phase 1, which involves the provision of service lanes and four interchanges between Tema Motorway Roundabout and Mitshio on the Tema-Aflao Road; construction of the Tema-Akosombo Road (64km), involving the dualization of the road and construction of two interchanges at Ashaiman and Asutsuare.
Dualization of the Beach Road Phase 1 between Osu and Nungua with the provision of bridges over the Kpeshie and Songor Lagoons is also ongoing, with the Phase 2, which involves dualization of the Beach Road from Nungua to Tema Community Three and includes the construction of a three-tier interchange at Nungua and widening of the railway bridge towards Sakumono is at 82% completion.
As well, rehabilitation of the 23km Dome-Kitase road, including the provision of access to the Ashesi University, and construction of the Borteyman Road (from School Junction to Nungua Farms, involving the dualization of the road between School Junction on the Ashalley Botwe Road and the Accra Tema Motorway to provide access to the proposed stadium for the All-African Games is also ongoing.
“Ladies and gentlemen, 413.20 km of Asphalt overlay has been laid in Greater Accra from 2021 to date. This brings the total asphalt overlay works completed in the Greater Accra Region to 947.80km since 2017,” Vice President Bawumia stated.