President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the beginning of construction of a four-tier interchange at Suame on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, fulfilling a vow he made during his trip to the Ashanti Region last year.
“The Suame Interchange will be the first 4-tier interchange in the Ashanti Region, and the second in Ghana, following the Pokuase Interchange, which I commissioned on July 9th, 2021,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He claimed that once finished, it will alleviate the recurring congestion at the Suame Roundabout and boost urban mobility within the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area.
The President told the crowd that the Suame Interchange will include a 4-Tier Interchange at the current Suame Roundabout, an overpass at the Abrepo Junction, an overpass at the Krofuom Junction, an overpass at the Anomangye Junction, an overpass at the Magazine New Road Junction, and an overpass at the Abusuakruwa Junction.
The Suame Interchange will be built by M/S Grupo Dizmar of Spain and Rango Construction Ltd, a Ghanaian company. The accompanying road component will be completed entirely by the Ghanaian firm Rango Construction Company Ltd, with the Ministry of Roads and Highways overseeing the entire project through the Department of Urban Roads.
President Akufo-Addo entrusted the contractors and the Ministry of Roads and Highways with ensuring that the government obtains good value for money and that completion dates are met.
Aside from the Suame Interchange, the President stated that the government is tackling important road projects around the nation in a comprehensive approach to ensure that every section of Ghana has quality, all-weather roads.
“Since 2017, the Akufo-Addo Government has completed asphalt overlay of 295 kilometers (295 miles) of highways in the Ashanti Region alone.” Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Subin Nhyiaeso and Bantama, Asokwa, Oforikrom, Kwadaso, Suame, Old Tafo, Asokore Mampong, Bekwai, Obuasi, Ejisu, Juaben, Sekyere East (Effiduase), Asante Mampong, and Atwima Nwabiagya South are among the beneficiaries,” he stated.
President Akufo-Addo declared once more that the government has finished the building of 100 kilometers (km) of local roads in Kumasi, which was performed by M/S Contract, with the beneficiary assembly being Kumasi Metropolitan, Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom, Suame, and Tafo Pakrono.
In addition to the 100kms of local roads, the Department of Urban Roads has built additional 75kms of town roads in Ashanti, including Bekwai Town Roads, Kwamo Town Roads, Manhyia Roads (Buokrom), and Ejisu/Kwaso Town Roads.
“The Department of Feeder Roads has also finished improving 68 kilometers (kms) of selected feeder roads in the Ashanti and Western Regions, a project conducted by M/S Sinohydro Corporation,” he said.
In addition to the completed projects, President Akufo-Addo stated that work is still proceeding on the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project, which is 97% complete.
According to him, the Lake Road will be upgraded into a dual carriageway from the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant to Dompoase (3.5km) and the Sissai Stream would be lined for 2km.
“The project-related building of a modern terminal at Dompoase has been completed and commissioned.” The entire project is planned to be finished and commissioned by the end of the year. “The works are being carried out by M/S China Henan International Corporation- CHICO and are being supported by France’s Agence Française de Développement (AFD),” he explained.
M/S Sino Hydro Ltd is now constructing the Kumasi Inner City Roads, which includes the rehabilitation of another one hundred kilometers (100kms) of local roads in Kumasi, as well as the emergency repair of the twelve-kilometer (12km) Atimatim-Maase-Aboabogya route.
Furthermore, the forty-nine-kilometer (49km) Asankare-Krofa-Juansa Road and Krofa-Brantuokrom-Magyeda Road are being upgraded, as is the 40.3-kilometer Amantema Junction-Wiawso-Senkye Road, and the reconstruction of the thirty-kilometer (30km) Anwiankwanta-Obuasi Road, which is 90% complete and will be completed by the end of 2022.
President Akufo-Addo stated that the upgrading of the 31-kilometer (31km) Dechemuoso area roads and asphaltic overlay of Hill Top Roads, which is presently 57% complete, is also proceeding, as is the upgrading of the 8.7-kilometer Kwapia-Wioso Feeder Road, which is currently 52% complete.