As part of the government’s ongoing efforts to free the capital of traffic, President John Mahama yesterday inaugurated the Airport Hills Overpass and Road which effectively links the La, Teshie and Burma Camp areas to the Spintex Road and East Legon in Accra.
It provides a major relief for commuters, as the new facility reduces travel time from the La area to Spintex by about an hour.
The road and overpass project is part of a plan to create more alternative routes in the various cities in response to increasing vehicular population and sprawling human settlements.
In addition to the inauguration, President Mahama cut the sod for the construction of two flyovers in the area.
One flyover would go across the Flower Pot Roundabout to ensure the free flow of traffic from the new Airport Hills Overpass, while the second one would be built across the Motorway into East Legon.
Currently, motorists on the route cross the Motorway through the underpass, which was originally meant for cattle.
The 105-metre flyovers, are being solely funded by the government at a cost of GH¢60 million, and expected to be completed in 24 months.
President Mahama, who expressed delight at the completion of the project, said it added to the many gains made in the road sector.
He noted that the investments made by the government in the road sector continued to pay off, adding that “good roads aid rapid economic development.
According to him, research had shown that there was a direct correlation between investment in road infrastructure and economic development, explaining that good roads ease transportation of people and goods, and reduce fuel consumption and travel time.”
Touching on other major projects, the president announced that the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Interchange project was practically completed and would be inaugurated this month, while the Kasoa Interchange project was about 90 per cent complete.
He announced that the four-lane motorway would be expanded into six lanes, while all roads in the regional capitals would have asphalt overlays.
Currently, he said over 400 kilometre of roads in the cities and towns had been given asphalt overlays to extend their life span by more than 15 years.
By Edmund Mingle