The top Major things you should know about the Pokuase Interchange
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The Pokuase Interchange, which the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has hailed as an interchange “never seen before in Ghana,” is more than simply another gorgeous edifice adorning Accra’s skylines.
In fact, now that it’s finished, this interchange will be the largest in West Africa.
Since the beginning of its development, the project has been anticipated to be one of the largest in the country, and as it is commissioned today, Friday, July 9, 2021, we present you with some fascinating information about it.
Firstly, we’ll go over the funding source for this four-tier interchange project, then go over some key data from the time the project was being planned, and finally, we’ll show you some of Ghana’s other recent significant interchange developments.
In 2016, the government of Ghana, under the leadership of John Dramani Mahama, signed a loan agreement with the African Development Bank to provide $83 million for the construction of the four-tier Pokuase Interchange.
The agreement included that the government would provide $11 million of that money, to complete the project at a total of $94 million.
In July 2018, the government, under Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, cut the sod for the commencement of work on the interchange.
The construction which was expected to be completed in 2020 was to include about 5 flyovers linking all major roads, and also see the construction of a 10-kilometer length of the roads network.
At a ceremony to cut the sod for the official commencement of the project, then Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, who was there to represent the president and read out his speech, pledged the government’s commitment to improving the roads network in the country.
He commended the previous John Dramani Mahama-led government for beginning the processes to get the contract approved and funded by the African Development Bank.
The total cost of the project from its initial construction was to be at $94 million.
It was supposed to be split between the government of Ghana, and the African Development Bank.
The AfDB gave a total of $83 million, while the Ghana government took care of the remaining $11 million.
At the commissioning of the project, however, the project was said to have been completed at $74 million, according to Kwabena Bempong.
The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was represented by then Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo.
In his speech, the president noted that the project will ease traffic, improve urban mobility, which, in turn, will benefit students, the community, and the growing industrial base located within the project zone.
“We are about to cut the sod for perhaps one of the most important interchanges in this country. The increase in Vehicular population over the last decade in Ghana has resulted in a very serious traffic situation for the whole nation and it is becoming unbearable in the Greater Accra Region. Engineers are therefore looking for many other ways to reduce this congestion. Towards the agenda for creating equal opportunities for all, in our framework of thinking Ghana beyond aid, it is imperative for us to have resilient cities with enhanced quality of living which is supported by very smooth Intra and inter transportation” Osafo Maafo stressed while reading the speech.