The President stated that, with “the Obetsebi-Lamptey circle recording a peak hour traffic volume of approximately 8000 vehicles per hour, with a Level of Service (LOS) of F at peak periods … Government has decided to construct a three-tier Interchange at the Obetsebi-Lamptey circle” to address the situation.
The construction of the Interchange is in two phases. The phase 1 consists of the construction of the East-West flyover and other related works and the phase 2 will involve the construction of the third tier flyover on the Ring Road West.
The ground level will have a re-modelled roundabout whilst the second-tier will be an East to West flyover linking the Graphic Road to the Kanashie-Mallam road. The third tier will be a North to South flyover on the Ring Road West, which will link the Ring Road from the Royal Chapel Church to the Central Mosque at Abossey Okai. Critical drainage structures that go through the roundabout will be upgraded under this project to reduce the incidence of flooding in the area.
When completed, the interchange will improve movements on the Western parts of the Ring Road and help improve travel times to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and easy access to Abossey-Okai spare parts area and other businesses along the Graphic Road and Dr. Busia Highway.
The President stated that, the construction of the interchange will be undertaken by M/S Queiroz Galvao-UK International as a design and build contract. He urged the Ministry of Roads and Highways to pay attention to the employer’s requirements clearly spelt out in the contract and ensure that the contractor works to realize them to guarantee value for money for the investment the Government is making.
The President further urged the contractor to put in place the necessary traffic management measures to minimize the inconveniences the construction works will bring to commuters and pedestrians. Funding for the project amounting to $135million according to the President has been secured from Export Credit Facilities from the United Kingdom and Spain.
On the issue of payments to contractors, the President stated that the Ministry of Finance has released an amount of Two Billion and Two Hundred Million Ghana cedis (GHC. 2.2billion) to the Ministry of Roads and Highways for the payment for works done by road contractors across the country. This will improve the cash flow of the contractors and ensure that those who have left their construction sites return to complete the projects. The President further directed the Ministry of Roads and Highways to monitor closely the performance of every contractor engaged by Government, and further instructed the Ministry not to hesitate in terminating contracts of non-performing contractors.
On his part, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon. Kwasi Amoako-Attah, said that the construction of the interchange will eliminate one of the major bottlenecks on the Ring road in Accra and improve traffic flow at the intersection that links major arterials. Hon. Amoako-Attah said that the Ministry has put in place programs to improve urban mobility and improve travel times in the urban areas. He said as part of the Obetsebi Interchange project, a footbridge will be constructed at Mpanprom junction for pedestrian movement across the Kaneshie – Mallam road. The Minister further said the project will have covered drains, walk ways and cycle paths and that provision has been made in the project to cater for storm drainage that goes through the roundabout.
Hon. Amoako-Attah further stated that, discussions were ongoing with the Ministry of Works and Housing for their concerns to be incorporated into the designs and a joint team will monitor the works to address the drainage issues.
The Minister appealed to the public for maximum support for the contractor during the construction period and urged the contractor to undertake a lot of night works so as to complete the works on time and reduce inconveniences likely to arise to the travelling public.