As part of efforts to ease motor traffic congestion at the Tema motorway roundabout due to ongoing construction works, Shimizu-Dai Nippon Joint Ventures – contractor for the project, has instituted a traffic-management plan to deal with the situation.
The contractor has constructed detour roads and created emergency alternative routes within and around the project site to ensure free flow of vehicular traffic and to enhance socio-economic activities in the Tema industrial enclave and its surrounding communities.
At a media briefing to outline the traffic-management plan of the Tema Motorway Interchange project, Mr. Joseph Yeboah, Chief Engineer at the Ghana Highway Authority, and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr. Paul Bruce Amoah, Second-in-Command of the Tema Regional Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, took turns explaining to journalists the measures instituted to ensure free flow of traffic.
Mr. Yeboah, who is also the Project Coordinator, said the detour roads will be opened to the motoring public on Sunday, August 26, and there will be road-signs directing motorists to the appropriate route.
He said the Authority will also design animation that complements the public education efforts, while traffic wardens from the MTTD will be available to direct traffic.
Additionally, the contractor has created pedestrian walkways, ramps and staircases for both able-bodied and physically challenged persons to ensure free movement around the project site.
The project site has also been fenced to prevent the construction works from interfering with other people’s socio-economic activities, while measures have been put in place to avert any environmental pollution.
Mr. Yeboah said: “We have sensitised the public over the past weeks, including members of the GPRTU, Police and other stakeholders to ensure smooth implementation of the project”.
ASP Amoah, on his part, said the Tema MTTD Command will deploy about 20 personnel on daily basis to direct traffic at the various intersections of detour roads until completion of the project.
There are also alternative routes from Motorway-Akosombo, Akosombo-Aflao and Aflao-Ashiaman.
The contract agreement for the project was signed on December 15, 2017, while actual work started on February 7, 2018.
It is expected to be completed on June 6, 2020.
The project is intended to improve the capacity of Tema roundabout and its adjoining surroundings to enhance safety and efficiency of transportation, and ensure provision of uninterrupted traffic flow to facilitate trade and transit activities to landlocked countries like Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger in the West Africa sub-region.
The Tema motorway roundabout will be converted into an interchange and extended for some 500 metres – from the roundabout to the Ashaiman Timber Market Roundabout, 400 metres along the Aflao road, 300 metres toward the Tema Harbour, and about 300 metres to join the main Tema-Accra Motorway.
There will be an underpass on the Tema-Aflao stretch of the roundabout, while capacity ofthe slip-roads near the roundabout will be improved to ensure uninterrupted traffic flow.
The project falls under the West African Corridor Development Growth Ring Master Plan implementation, being executed by Messrs. Shimizu-Dai Nippon Joint Venture (SDJV) with CTI Engineering International Co. Ltd. as consultant.
The Japanese government, through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), provided a US$57million grant to the government of Ghana toward the redesign and re-construction of Tema roundabout into a three-tier single-point diamond interchange.
The interchange, upon completion, will serve three assemblies including Kpone Katamanso and Ashaiman municipalities as well as Tema metropolis in the Greater Accra Region.