The idea was conceived to have a three-tier interchange to ease traffic congestion, save travel time and vehicle operating cost, and thereby stimulate economic growth.
It was one of the key development projects initiated by President John Mahama in 2013, intended to transform the Kwame Nkrumah Circle into a motorist friendly zone with pedestrian walkways.
At a cost of 74.88 million Euros, the project was jointly financed with credit from the Ghana government and the government of Brazil, to build the interchange to link various suburbs of Accra, the country’s capital city.
Fortunately, three years down the lane, a magnificent and landmark project has been completed, which has led to the complete transformation of the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
Compared to the old Circle, which accommodated about 84,000 vehicles daily, the new interchange, a wonderful architecture, is expected to increase both pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and yet reduce traffic congestion and travel time.
The panoramic view of the area, which is better seen than described, now boasts of beautiful green lawns, with magnificent fountains and flawless lights.
Perhaps, one of the significant attractions at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange is the statue of our beloved late first president of the country, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
No doubt, the fountain and the lights around the statue, has suddenly turned into an attraction that has already started receiving visitors.
The Ghanaian Times is proud that the magnificent project, which was unthinkable few years ago in Ghana, has become a reality, and moved the country into the committee of nations that can boast of a three-tier interchange architecture.
We have to thank the government and the people of Ghana, the Brazilian government, and Brazilian contractors, Queiroz Galvao, for completing this landmark project, which obviously would enhance socio-economic development.
While we welcome launch of the project, by President Mahama, we believe that this day would go down as an important event in the country’s history.
We must all be proud to be Ghanaians, and while we pat ourselves at the back, we must advice both motorists and pedestrians to exercise maximum caution as we put the new interchange to judicious use.
With the completion of the project, Accra and Ghana would not be the same again.
But, perhaps, those whose activities must be watched more closely are traders and vendors, who sell their wares around the lorry parks and pedestrian mall at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
Their activities no doubt can have environmental impact, and they must be confined to designated places to transact their business.
To ensure orderliness around the project site, land enforcement agencies must deployed to the area, to ensure law and order and to deal with law breakers.
We welcome the new interchange, and say Ayeeko to the government for the monumental project.