The Ministry of Roads and Highways, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) and the Meridian Port Services (MPS) have announced the commencement of the construction of slipways at the Tema Motorway roundabout.
The project, which is a corporate social responsibility of MPS is at a cost of GH¢28million.
This project is expected to reduce traffic congestion drastically and improve traffic flow at the Tema end of the motorway.
The Tema Motorway roundabout currently suffers from serious traffic bottlenecks, which impede the movement of private and commercial vehicles within Tema and affect inter-city commuters who use the roundabout when commuting to and from the Greater Accra Region, as well as the Eastern and Volta Regions.
“On the 1st of October, the port expansion began, that’s some few days ago and its going to bring a lot of heavy traffic unto the roads. It is just for gratifying that with the support of our partners, MPS, we are here today to witness the beginning of some first step of the Tema Motorway Expansion. It will at least attempt and significantly ease up the current congestion on that section of the road,” he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of MPS, Mohamed Samara stressed that feasibility studies done proved that the project will reduce the heavily traffic greatly.
The construction will have four slip roads to reduce the number of vehicles approaching the roundabout, and create an additional third lane to widen the roundabout itself.
Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Minister of Roads and Highways said the project will facilitate the free flow of goods and services for the benefit of all.
“The current project for the improvement of the Tema Motorway roundabout is therefore an interim intervention to reduce current congestion and to assist the movement of construction equipment or road material during the port expansion project,” he said.
MPS has appointed Associated Consultants Ltd. as the project managers and Sinohydro Ghana Ltd. as the contractor for the Tema roundabout project.
The project is expected to be completed in nine months.