$135 million Obetsebi-Lamptey interchange project takes off Featured

By Nana Yaw Dwamena October 22, 2019 1535 4 comments

As part of efforts to address the congestion faced by commuters at Obetsebi-Lamptey roundabout in Accra, and to help improve mobility on the Ring Road corridor, government will be constructing an interchange located on the site of the famous Obetsebi-Lamptey roundabout.

Cutting the sod yesterday for the project to begin, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo explained that the ground level will have a re-modelled roundabout, whilst the second tier will be an east to west flyover linking the Graphic Road to the Kaneshie-Mallam road.

“The third tier will be a north-south flyover on the Ring Road West, which will link the Ring Road from the Royal Chapel Church to the Central Mosque at Abossey Okai,” he said.

Intense traffic

With the Obetsebi-Lamptey Circle recording a peak hour traffic volume of approximately 8,000 vehicles per hour, with a Level of Service (LOS) of ‘F’ at peak periods, the President stated that Government has decided to construct a three-tier interchange there to address the situation.

He also said critical drainage structures that go through the roundabout will be upgraded under the project, saying this is necessary to reduce the incidence of flooding at the roundabout.

Phases

The construction of the Obetsebi-Lamptey Interchange will be in two phases. Phase 1 will consist of the construction of the east-west flyover and other related works, whilst phase 2 will involve the construction of the third-tier flyover on the Ring Road West.

The interchange will improve mobility on the western parts of the Ring Road, and help improve travel times to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, and improve access to Abossey Okai Spare Parts area and to businesses along the Graphic Road and the Kaneshie-Mallam Highway.

The construction of the interchange is to be undertaken by M/S Queiroz Galvao-UK International as a design and build contract.

President Akufo-Addo urged the Ministry of Roads and Highways to pay attention to the employer’s requirements, which are clearly spelt out in the contract, and ensure that the contractor works to realise them.

This, he explained, is necessary to guarantee value-for-money for the investment Government is making.

The President urged the contractor to put in place the necessary traffic management measures to minimise any inconveniences the construction works will bring to commuters and pedestrians.

“Funding for this project has been secured, amounting to $135 million, made possible by Export Credit Facilities from the United Kingdom and Spain, for which we are appreciative,” President Akufo-Addo said.
 

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