The first to be constructed Tamale interchange in the Northern Regional capital of the country aimed at easing traffic and enhancing socio-economic activities is ongoing progressively.
The one-kilometre-long project when completed will link the Kumasi road through the central mosque, the central taxi rank and central market intersection with the Melcom and Bolgatanga roads.
A visit by the B&FT’s Tamale office team to the site confirmed workers busily working, as many of the pile foundations needed had been constructed.
President Akufo-Addo launched and also cut the sod for construction of the Tamale Interchange to begin on April 10, 2019.
The Northern Region Director of Urban Roads, Mr. Kwasi Darko, in an interview with the B&FT said work is going on steadily with the materials needed all available, and that the project will be completed as scheduled.
Mr. Darko also observed that because the project is in the central business district, the ongoing work has created some traffic in the area; but the contractors have workers who are controlling traffic movements, thus helping to ease the congestion.
Some residents are also happy to see the extent to which the project is being executed despite interference from the outbreak of pandemic disease.
According to some residents, though the project has disrupted some activities, they believe completing the project will beautify the Metropolis and attract investors, as well as enhance business activities since the Metropolis serves as the central business hub for nearby countries.
The project is part of the US$2billion government of Ghana-Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement aimed at addressing major infrastructure challenges in the country.
The barter arrangement between the government of Ghana and Chinese government facility is in exchange for Ghana’s refined bauxite is for the construction of roads, hospitals, houses, rural electrification, interchanges, bridges and other government priority projects.