The Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, has told Parliament that the planned redevelopment of the Obetsebi Lamptey Circle here in Accra will commence soon.
The redevelopment of the roundabout which links Accra Central,
Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Kaneshie and Fadama, he explained would ease the traffic
congestion on those roads.
In an answer to a questioned asked of him in Parliament
yesterday, Mr Amoako-Atta explained that work on the project had delayed
because the condition precedent for the commencement of work, as contained in
the contract was that the contractor commenced work only if it received advance
payment from the government.
Progress, he said, had so far been made to meet that contractual
“The contractor received the advanced payment on December 20,
2018 after the client and contractor met all the conditions for coming into
force of the contract,” he revealed.
Disclosing that the contract was a design and build deal, the
Atiwa East Member of Parliament said “the contractor has since commenced
the design stage.”
The option study report, he said, had been submitted to the
Department of Urban Roads (DUR) on March 8, 2019.
Mr Amoako-Atta said both the DUR and the Ministry of Roads and
Highways were reviewing the design.
The contract for the design and construction of the interchange
and other ancillary works was signed in October 2016 for completion in 24
The phase one of the project consists of a two-tier interchange
with storm drains and culverts beneath the Graphic Road.
The second phase would see the widening of the roads into a
three-lane dual carriage way with provision for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
This phase would also see to the widening of the Awudome Cemetery and Nii Teiko Din (Pamprom Junction) Roads into a dual carriage lanes as well as improvement of the Kaneshie Market Terminal.
BY JULIUS YAO PETETSI
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