President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Friday commissioned the $94.8 million four-tier Pokuase Interchange to ease traffic congestion and improve urban mobility on the Accra-Nsawam-Kumasi Highway.
The interchange, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), is the largest in Sub-Saharan and technically superior from the initial design which is expected to significantly reduce traffic on the Accra-Nsawam ro
The project which forms part of the “Accra Urban Transport Projects (AUTP)” and began on April 4, 2018, comprise the interchange at Pokuase, storm drains, 10 km of local roads, and construction of 6.6km of Awoshie-Pokuase-Kwabenya road.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, President Akufo-Addo said the modernisation of Ghana is gradually gathering momentum and urged all Ghanaians to support the government in the delivery of quality infrastructure.
The President said similar interchanges being constructed by the government at various places – Tamale and Obsetsebi Lamptey — are ongoing and are at different stages of completion.
He said the initial design of a three-tier Pokuase interchange was reviewed by Government and redesigned into a four-tier without an additional cost.
The interchange, President Akufo-Addo indicated is a testimony of the Government’s commitment to developing the country’s road infrastructure to facilitate socio-economic activities.
President Akufo-Addo task the Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Atta to ensure the proper maintenance of the interchange within the designed period.
The Roads Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Atta said a maintenance outfit has been established to ensure the regular maintenance of the interchange, as well as others begging constructed across the country.
The new design, according to the consultants, requires no traffic lights, unlike the previous design. It allows vehicles to flow freely and has a lane for traffic from Accra to Kumasi and a second tier for traffic from Accra to Awoshie.
It also includes the widening of 2km of the Accra-Kumasi Road, provision of pedestrian facilities including walkways, footbridges, signalised crossings, streetlights, among others.
The third tier will accommodate traffic from Awoshie to Nsawam and Kwabenya to Accra, while the fourth tier handles traffic from Awoshie to Kwabenya.
The inclusion of the four-tier, according to the consultants, was mainly to eliminate the left turns on the second tier of the original three-tier design.
The ACP Junction at Pokuasi is a key intersection along the Accra Kumasi Highway (N6). The N6 over the years has been the bane of residents and commuters who traverse it due to the overwhelming congestion during morning and evening peak hours.
With the construction of the Awoshie Pokuasi Road completed and proposed Pokuasi-Ritz—Motorway Roads yet to commence, it was imperative for Government to address a major bottom neck (Pokuasi intersection) on the N6 (Accra-Kumasi Highway) and the A15 (Awoshie-Pokuasi-Rita Motorway.
Other components of the project are community support — which includes the rehabilitation of Manchie Women’s Group Centre for cassava processing and the Kpobiman Women’s Group in soap, bread and pastries and beads making.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD