Asenso-Boakye charges contractor to complete Tema Motorway Roundabout Phase 2 by October 2024.

29.02.24 – ACCRA

The Minister for Roads and Highways, Francis Asenso-Boakye has charged contractors working on the Tema Motorway Roundabout Phase2 Project to work towards completing the works by October this year.

To this end, the Minister has tasked the contractors to draw up a crash programme which allows them to work day and night while utilizing every engineering skill and technology at their disposal.

“According to the contractor, the project will be ready for commissioning by December this year, but I have tasked them to work around the clock for an early completion, by October, which the contractor has well received”, Asenso-Boakye said.

The project, funded through a grant from the Japanese government, seeks to reduce the heavy vehicular traffic on the Tema Motorway is progressing smoothly and was originally scheduled for completion by December this year.

The Minister, however, indicated the government’s readiness to ensure the project is completed ahead of schedule.

“Yesterday, I had the opportunity of meeting with the Ambassador of Japan to Ghana, His Excellency Mochizuki Hisanobu in my office and I can confirm that all outstanding matters related to tax exemptions have been dealt with”, he assured the contractor.

Mr Asenso-Boakye expressed his delight and satisfaction with the progress of the work. “I am happy to see at first-hand the rate of progress that is currently happening here. Since I assumed office about a week ago, this is my first outdoor inspection and I decided to visit this particular project because of the obvious benefit it brings to motorists using the road, and many of our people”, he added.

Background of the Tema Motorway Project

The “Project for the Improvement of the Tema Motorway Roundabout Phase 2” was initiated in response to traffic congestion issues at the five-legged Tema intersection, where Accra and Tema Port traffic intersected during peak hours.

Following a Preparatory Survey by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, Phase 1 converted the roundabout into a two-tier intersection and was completed ahead of schedule in June 2020. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo commissioned phase 1 in June 2020 in a brief ceremony.

Phase 2 of the project, currently ongoing, involves constructing a third-tier flyover to separate through and left-turning traffic, funded by a Japanese grant of $27 million. With a contract duration of 28 months, Phase 2 commenced in July 2022 and is originally expected to conclude by December 2024.

The project aims to enhance urban mobility, logistics, and trade integration in the Greater Accra Region and the ECOWAS sub-region.

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