The Ghana Highway Authority and Shimizu-Dai Nippon, the contractor in charge of the Tema Motorway Roundabout interchange project, have jointly opened detour roads within the motorway roundabout area to facilitate movement of motorists.
The newly asphalted are roads are a temporary enlargement of the motorway to facilitate movement of motorists and to allow works at the motorway roundabout underpass to begin
Joseph Yeboah, Chief Engineer and Coordinator at the Ghana Highway Authority, cautioned drivers to follow the road signs as they approach the Tema Motorway Roundabout.
He said vehicles moving from Accra to Tema Harbour or to Tema Metropolis are to use the auxiliary lane to the right, towards the Southern Fried Chicken restaurant, and then negotiate onto the harbour road.
“If you don’t want to come to the Tema Motorway Roundabout, exit at the Ashaiman fly over and join the hospital road to Tema or harbour,” Mr. Yeboah added.
“Those going to Aflao should join the Motorway Roundabout, look out for the detour road, turn left to the Shell Filling Station, and then join the existing dual carriageway towards their destination.
For those heading towards Akosombo, Ashaiman, Afienya and Michel Camp, he advised that they follow the detour road, through to the Oando Fuel Station and then onto the main Akosombo road.
Mr. Yeboah explained that the detour roads are to enable the contractor undertake construction works on the underpass at the roundabout.
He said diversions will allow for deep excavation about eight metres deep, for a six lane dual carriageway – three lanes at both sides.
“As long as the roundabout continue to operate, the contractor cannot undertake the deep excavation work. So, it is important that all road users observe the new rules,” he advised.
He further stated “what we are doing is the phase one of the detour roads within the roundabout, as the excavation continue. We will open more detour roads outside the existing motorway roundabout.”
Over 20 police personnel from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Tema Region Police Command, have been deployed to assist in directing traffic and also to support motorists and pedestrians use the appropriate roads leading to their various destinations, he further stated.
Chief Superintendent Joseph Owusu Bempa, MTTD Commander at the Tema Regional Police Command, assured that the police will remain at the site until drivers become familiar with the detour roads.
On his part, Project Manager of Shimizu-Dai Nippon JV, Yujin Uemura, urged drivers to slow down as they approach the construction site.
“The rules on road have changed; it is now 40km per hour. So, drivers need to limit their speed as they approach the construction site,” Mr. Uemura indicated.