Brazilian firm to build major interchange in Accra, Ghana

21 May 2013

Brazilian construction firm, Queiroz Galvao Construcao, will begin construction of an interchange at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Accra in July to ease congestion in the area.

The Kwame Nkrumah Circle is a major arterial road network in Accra and is estimated to carry 84,000 vehicles a day, according to local media.

The work, which will include the construction of the interchange, a road-over-rail bridge, improvement of the intersection of a ring road and improvement of road drainage works, aims to cut traffic congestion in and around the Western Corridor of Accra and secure pedestrian safety.

Congestion in Accra. (Credit: Ghana News Agency)

The $100-million project was awarded to Queiroz Galvao Construcao in January and construction is expected to start in July and to be complete in 18 months.

The project is jointly funded by the Governments of Ghana and Brazil.

Concerns over interim interference for drivers were raised at a stakeholder’s forum, organised by The Ministry of Roads and Highways and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.

Alhaji Baba Imoro Sanda, circle branch welfare chairman at Ghana Private Road Transport Union, urged the contractor to ensure that the business activities of drivers, commuters and pedestrians are not unnecessarily interrupted.

Other participants also raised concerns about compensation for people whose properties would be affected during construction.

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