The Ministry of Roads and Highways, through the Ghana Highway Authority, has announced the opening of the newly constructed Tema Motorway Grade Separated Interchange to traffic today, Saturday, May 16, 2020.
A released signed by the acting Chief Executive of the Ghana Highway Authority indicated that “Directional Animations, which have been developed, will subsequently be broadcast on all TV channels across the nation.”
“The travelling public is therefore urged to drive cautiously, adhere to road safety regulations, and respect directional signage,” it cautioned.
Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia officially launched the construction works on the Tema Motorway Grade separation project.
The Motorway forms an integral part of the Trans-Africa Highway, stretching from Lagos through Lomé, Accra and Abidjan to Dakar, and effectively serves as the junction to the sub-region. The Grade Separation forms part of the ‘Improvement of Ghanaian International Road Corridors’ project.
Phase One of the Grade Separation project saw the construction of a 2.1-km three-lane dual carriageway with 730m underpass on the National Route N1; improvement of approximately 1.9 km two-lane dual carriageway on the National Route N2 from the Ashiaman Roundabout onto the Harbour Road; construction of service road ramps, retaining wall and box culvert, road base and pavement; construction of pedestrian bridges; and provision of adequate road safety furniture to safeguard lives and property.
Phase Two of the project comprises the construction of a flyover on the Akosombo-Tema Harbour Road. The project also conducted detailed design improvements for the rehabilitation of National Trunk Road N8 in the Central Region.
During the launch of the interchange, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, was confident that the completion of the projects would ease the terrible traffic congestion at the Tetteh Quarshe Interchange, because of the Accra Mall, and make travel on the international corridor easier, to facilitate trade in the sub-region.
The interchange is a $57 million project being financed under a grant from the Japanese government through its agency, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The project had a June 6, 2020 deadline, but it has been completed before the scheduled date.