The Ministry of Roads and Highways (MRH) has assured that the Tamale Interchange project, which is designed to have a 100-year life span, is structurally sound and has been undertaken by the Ministry’s standards and specifications.
The Ministry said the design went through a rigorous process of approval before implementation and was in line with best practice.
It said “all test results conducted during construction had proven to be above the required specifications and assured all Ghanaians, particularly residents of Tamale that “the necessary steps have been taken to ensure the bridge’s stability, and value for money.”
The Ministry of Roads and Highways in a statement issued last Monday expressed worry about the Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu’s call for structural audit on the Tamale Overhead Bridge through the media.
The Ministry said the Minority leader’s comments expressed publicly over the Tamale Overhead bridge, could have easily been clarified from the Ministry, “instead of channelling it through the media.”
The Minority Leader’s demands for structural audit on the Tamale Overhead Bridge had been published by the Ghana News Agency and other media outlets.
Those comments made by the Minority Leader, according to the publication, was when he addressed journalists on what he described as “the people’s concerns over the Tamale overhead bridge project.”
The Ministry said the Tamale interchange has a total bridge and ramp length of 1072m, a continuous concrete bridge, which is different from the other simply supported bridges in the past that had a lot of expansion joints and reduced the driving comfort of motorists.
“It is a pre-stressed concrete box girder that is very efficient for curves on the bridge, with high torsional resistance. It has the fourth-highest surface area for a concrete interchange in the country, only behind Mallam, Sofoline and Pokuase,” it said in the statement.
The Interchange, according to the Ministry has been constructed to segregate arterial traffic from the local traffic, which used the ground level.
“The existing road between the Central Mosque and the Taxi Rank used to be a two-lane 6.5m road. However, this has been upgraded to a two-lane 14m interchange on the second tier with a slip road of 5m on the ground level, thereby significantly improving the capacity of the road.”
Addressing the concerns about the Roundabout at the Central mosque, the Ministry said the roadway had a width of 6m and a diameter of 22m, designed to the Ministry’s standards.
On the demolition of structures, the Ministry stated that “as far as the project is concerned, all the space required to construct the interchange has been acquired and compensated for.”
“The project does not need any additional space, and therefore, there is no need to demolish any other structures,” it stated.
The Ministry said, “It has become necessary to provide this clarification to assure the people of Tamale and Ghanaians that the Tamale interchange is structurally sound, intended for its purpose and will improve traffic flow in the Central Business District of Tamale and, by extension, the country.”
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD