President Akufo-Addo, on Saturday, inspected ongoing works on the two-tier Tamale Interchange, as part of his two-day tour of the Northern Region.
According to the Director of the Department of Urban Roads, Alhaji Abass Awolu, who took President Akufo-Addo on a tour of the project, the Tamale project with a total length of one kilometre bridge and ramps, and five kilometres of ancillary road works, is eighty per cent (80%) complete.
The interchange, he said, has nineteen (19) spans, out of which these thirteen (13) spans and the ramps have all been completed with the next six (6) spans to be done in the next three (3) months.
Alhaji Awolu noted that the contractor, M/S SinoHydro, is using two teams to undertake the works, with one team working from the Dakpema’s Palace section, and the other working from the Bolgatanga road section.
The Tamale Interchange is an integral part of comprehensive measures put in place by the Akufo-Addo-led NPP administration to address congestion in urban centres, and to help improve travel times on major arterial roads.
Other interchanges being constructed include the PTC Roundabout Interchange in Takoradi, the Nungua Interchange which is part of the La Beach Road Completion Project, the Adjiringanor Overpass, where ongoing works will be completed by the first quarter of 2022, and Phase II of the Tema Motorway Interchange.
The Tema Steelworks Road, the only concrete road to be constructed by government since the Accra-Tema Motorway, has also been completed. Similar works are also being undertaken within the Tema Industrial enclave.
The Legon/Adjiringanor roads, aimed at improving travel times within that corridor, are fifty-two per cent (52%) complete; the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project, which includes the dualisation of the Lake Road and lining of the Sissai River Drain in Kumasi, is seventy-five per cent (75%) complete; and the Teshie Link Road, popularly referred to as the LEKMA Road, is ninety per cent (90%) complete.
Tamale Asphaltic Overlay
President Akufo-Addo also inspected ongoing work on asphaltic overlays on sections of the road network in Tamale.
The construction which started in March, this year, involves 100 kilometres of roads within the Northern, North East and Savannah regions, and expected to be completed by September 2022.
18 kilometres out of the 40-kilometre road network in the Tamale Metropolis has seen the overlay of asphalt, with construction of the remaining 22 kilometres underway. 15 kilometres of town roads in Yendi will also have the construction of asphaltic overlays over them.
President Akufo-Addo also inspected ongoing work on the upgrading of the 30.2km stretch of the Tamale-Daboya road, specifically the Tali to Daboya from a gravel surface to a bituminous surface at the contract award of GH?119,657,337.41 on November 2020, and is to be completed in thirty-six (36) months.
From Eric Kombat, Tamale