President John Mahama yesterday inaugurated the first phase of the Kasoa Interchange, a key project that is aimed at eliminating traffic on the Accra-Winneba Corridor, and boosting economic activities.
The event which comes days after the inauguration of the historic Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, is another monumental infrastructure project aimed at opening up the country for economic growth.
The 160-million dollar interchange at Kasoa in the Central Region, is a 270-metre project with two overpasses on the main Kasoa-Winneba Road, the 33-kilometre Kasoa-Obom-Amasaman Road and 20 kilometres of road in the Ga South Municipality and Kasoa.
Work began on the project in August 2015 and it is about over 80 per cent complete, with the outstanding work expected to be fully completed by early next year.
Also included in the project, being executed by Queiroz Galvao, a Brazilian construction firm, are a polyclinic, four basic schools in nearby communities and footbridges.
President Mahama, opening the interchange to traffic, was delighted with the result of the project, and trusted that it would greatly benefit motorists and commuters who, hitherto, had to spend hours in traffic on that stretch.
He described the project as one of the results of his administration’s transformational agenda.
In addition, he said “the project is part of interchanges and other road projects undertaken by the government to provide substantial relief to motorists and commuters”, adding that such infrastructure had provided a solid foundation for economic growth.
“Good road infrastructure promotes robust economic activities, which translates into economic growth”, he said, adding that “those who think roads do not produce money for the citizenry are wrong”.
The President cited other impending projects such as the Amasaman Interchange, Obetsebi-Lamptey Circle Interchange, the Flower Pot Flyover and Tema Motorway expansion, as well as key road projects in the regional capitals, which would be undertaken next year to complement the national development process.
“Ghana is rising,” he said, and urged Ghanaians to retain his administration in power to continue the good works.
By Edmund Mingle