The Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Atta has cut sod for the commencement of the upgrading of the Tema Community three beach road junction project.
The 7-km single carriageway is being financed by the Meridian Port Services (MPS) a Private Partner of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority at the cost of GH¢40 million an equivalent of some $8 million.
The project is expected to ease the increased traffic congestion at that area that results from activities at the Port particularly with the oncoming Tema Port expansion project.
The objective of the road project is to create a new large round about and four new slip roads to reduce the number of vehicles approaching the roundabout.
The project would also create an upgraded access and outlet lanes to the North, East and West approaches and a new access at grade railway cross to the newly expanded Tema Port.
China Harbor Engineering Company is undertaking the improvement works with AECOM Professional Services Ghana Limited acting as the engineering supervising consultant on behalf of MPS.
Speaking at the ceremony the Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, thanked MPS for the important corporate social initiative and the Tema motorway slipway improvement it executed a few months back that helped eased traffic flow at that section of the highway.
“The project has been designed to improve traffic flow in the Tema metropolis and reduce congestion to road users, the project will be undertaken as a design, finance, build, operate and transferred system,” the Minister explained.
Kwasi Amoako-Atta urged other corporate bodies to emulate MPS and support government to improve road networks in the country.
“I want to use this opportunity to encourage corporate institutions and organizations to partner and support government in the delivery of road transport infrastructure through various forms of corporate social responsibility intervention,” he added.
He appealed to road users to observe traffic management measures put in place by the contractor to ensure safety and smooth execution of the project.
The Chief Executive Officer of MPS, Mohammed Samara, outlining the details of the project said it would entail earthworks covering 45,000 cubic meters and pavement of 30,000 square meters of reinforced concrete.
“We will be creating slip roads to take the cars which are not supposed to enter the junction, away from the junction smoothly to do their business on a free flow method. We will be creating a very big round-about to cater for bigger circulation to traffic inside it and not a smaller circulation so that it doesn’t create bottlenecks,” he said.
Mohammed Samara noted that the project would significantly reduce travel time and accidents.
In his speech, the Director-General of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Michael A. Luguje said the road improvement would facilitate the smooth transport of increased containers arriving at the Tema Port after the expansion project.
“As sea port increase their amount of goods traded and investing in order to increase capacity of goods, sufficient infrastructure is needed to transport these goods to the inter-land. This is the reason why the remoulding of the Tema community 3 inter-section which is a main highly traffic inter-city gateway to the port area and Tema metropolis is very critical,” he noted.
The Deputy Minister for Transport, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, and Member of Parliament for Tema East, said the project would help create seamless flow of traffic in and around the port.
“No meaningful industrialization can be achieved without an efficient transport and logistic system to act as a catalyst toward our industrialization effort, it is therefore imperative that we invest significantly in the transport infrastructure base of our economy to facilitate towards industrialization,” he said
The Member of Parliament for Tema West, and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah, equally lauded the project and reiterated that it will benefit the community and the people of Ghana.
“This particular project is going to be more beneficial to the people of Tema West than even to the port because we have all been witnesses to situations where traffic jam along this route in the evening, sometimes you could be in traffic more than hours on this route,” he said.
The Tema Mantse, Nii Adjei Kraku II, advised the people of Tema to comport themselves during the construction period.
The Project is scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2019.