President Nana Akufo-Addo has finally cut the sod for the redevelopment of the Obetsebi-Lamptey Interchange in Accra. The $135m project will be in two phases.
The first phase consists of a two-tier interchange with storm drains and culverts beneath the Graphic Road. It will also link the Kaneshie Market to the central business district of Accra and through a loop to the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange area.
The second phase involves the widening of the road into a three-lane dual carriageway, with provision for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) facilities.
It will also see to the widening of the Awudome Cemetery and Nii Teiko Din (Prampram Junction) roads into dual carriage lanes, as well as improvement of the Kaneshie Market Terminal.
The third tier will be a north-south flyover on the Ring Road West, which will link the Ring Road from the Royal Chapel to the Central Mosque at Abossey Okai.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony Monday morning, President Akufo-Addo said besides addressing congestion during rush hours, the project will improve urban mobility within the western parts of Accra and improve mobility on the Ring Road corridor..
He also disclosed that discussions are already underway between Ministries of Roads and Highways and Works and Housing to ensure that drainage works to be undertaken under the project do not adversely affect the Greater Accra Resilient City Project, funded by the World Bank. Funds for the Pokuase Interchange and the Obetsebi-Lamptey Roundabout redevelopment project were secured in 2016 at the tail end of the John Mahama administration. The sod cutting ceremony by President Akufo Addo is expected to help ease traffic congestion on that corridor which links Kaneshie, Graphic Road, Nkrumah Circle and Mamprobi, when completed