President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the construction of a four-tier interchange at Suame in Kumasi, with the declaration that the government is working assiduously to improve urban mobility in the city and the Ashanti Region at large.
The Suame Interchange project will consist of a four-tier interchange at the current Suame Roundabout, with overpasses at the Abrepo, Krofrom, Anomangye, Magazine New Road and Abusuakruwa junctions.
It will be the first four-tier interchange in the Ashanti Region and the second in the country, after the Pokuase Interchange in the Greater Accra Region.
Construction of the interchange will be undertaken by M/S Grupo Dizmar of Spain and Rango Construction Limited, a Ghanaian company, while the complementary road component will be undertaken wholly by a Ghanaian firm, Rango Construction Company Limited, with the supervision of the entire project being the responsibility of the Ministry of Roads and Highways, through the Department of Urban Roads.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, President Akufo-Addo said the interchange, with the complementary road project, would tremendously improve the traffic situation in the region and also reduce the perennial congestion experienced around the Suame Roundabout during peak time and improve urban mobility within the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.
He charged the contractors and the Ministry of Roads and Highways to help ensure value for money for the country, as well as ensure strict adherence to completion dates.
Apart from the Suame Interchange, President Akufo-Addo said, the government was pursuing other critical road projects throughout the country in a holistic manner so that every part of the country would have quality, all-weather roads.
“In the Ashanti Region alone, the Akufo-Addo government has completed the asphalt overlay of 295 kilometres of roads since 2017. Some of the beneficiary areas include the Kumasi metropolis; that is, at Subin, Nhyiaeso and Bantama, Asokwa, Oforikrom, Kwadaso, Suame, Old Tafo, Asokore Mampong, Bekwai, Obuasi, Ejisu, Juaben, Sekyere East (Effiduase), Asante Mampong and Atwima Nwabiagya South,” he said.
In addition, the government had completed the construction of 100km of local roads in Kumasi, which was undertaken by M/S Contracta, with the beneficiary assemblies being the Kumasi Metropolitan, Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom. Suame and Tafo Pankrono municipalities, he said.
He also said the Department of Urban Roads had completed another 75km of town roads in Ashanti, including Bekwai town roads, Kwamo town Roads, Manhyia toads (Buokrom) and Ejisu/Kwaso town roads.
“The Department of Feeder Roads has also completed the upgrading of 68km of selected feeder roads in the Ashanti and the Western regions, undertaken by M/S Sinohydro Corporation,” he said.