By Our Reporter
Government has disclosed that the construction of the Pokuase interchange and other linking roads would take up to 24 calendar months-latest April 2020- to complete.
Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo yesterday, July 3, 2018, on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut sod for work for its commencement. Messrs Zhongmei Engineering Group Limited is undertaking the construction project; with Messrs Associated Consultants Limited (ACON)/ Bigen Group as the Consultant of the entire project under the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
Against the backdrop of the strategic role the newly constructed Awoshie-Pokuase and the proposed Pokuase – Ritz – Motorway Roads would be playing in terms of the transport sector goal to provide an integrated, viable and sustainable transport infrastructure to meet the goals of poverty reduction, regional integration and establishing Ghana as a transportation hub within the ECOWAS sub-region, it was envisaged that there will be the need to construct an interchange at ACP Junction at Pokuase.
The need to construct the interchange has also been fuelled by the urban sprawl within the Ga West Municipality, Nsawam and the overwhelming traffic congestion at Pokuase during morning and evening hours.
The Construction of the interchange when completed would ease traffic congestion, improve urban mobility, which will benefit the trucking industry, agro-industries located within the project zone, facilitate socio-economic activities, and generally improve livelihoods.
To minimize the traffic congestion being experienced currently, the project has identified and would improve on some selected linking roads within the 4 quadrants of the interchange. These would be used as part of the routes to manage traffic during construction. The contractor will also deploy a formwork (Form Traveler) which will also reduce the impact of disruption to traffic on the N6.