Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the start of building of a four-tier interchange at Suame on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, fulfilling a vow he made during his tour of the Ashanti Region last year.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “the Suame Interchange will be the first 4-tier interchange in the Ashanti Region, and the second in Ghana, after the Pokuase Interchange which I commissioned on 9th July 2021.”
He claimed that once completed, it will alleviate the recurring congestion around the Suame Roundabout and improve 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 Roudabout, 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 country obtains good value for money and that completion dates are met.
Ashanti Region Roads
Aside from the Suame Interchange, the President stated that the government is tackling important road projects around the country in a comprehensive approach to ensure that every section of Ghana has quality, all-weather roads.
“In the Ashanti Region alone, the Akufo-Addo Government has completed asphalt overlay of two hundred and ninety-five kilometres (295kms) of roads since 2017. Some of the beneficiary areas include Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, that is in 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,” he said.
Again, President Akufo-Addo stated that Government has completed the construction of one hundred kilometres (100km) of local roads in Kumasi, which was undertaken by M/S Contracta, with the beneficiary assemblies being Kumasi Metropolitan, Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom. Suame and Tafo Pakrono.
In addition to the one hundred kilometres (100kms) of local roads, the Department of Urban Roads has completed another seventy-five kilometres (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 completed the upgrading of sixty-eight kilometres (68kms) of selected feeder roads in the Ashanti and Western Regions, a project which was undertaken by M/S Sinohydro Corporation,” he stated.
President Akufo-Addo noted that, in addition to the completed ones, work is ongoing on the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project, which is 97% complete.
The works involved in this project, he said, include the upgrading of the Lake Road into a dual carriageway from the Coca Cola Bottling Plant to Dompoase (3.5km), and the lining of the Sissai Stream for 2km.
“The construction of a modern terminal at Dompoase, which is part of the project, has been completed and commissioned. It is expected that the entire project would be completed and commissioned by the end of the year. The works are being undertaken by M/S China Henan International Corporation- CHICO and funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) of France,” he said.