Over the next four years, the government intends to build 6,000 kilometers of roads throughout the country.
Mr Kwasi Amoako-Attah, the Minister of Roads and Highways, said today in Accra that 6,000 kilometers of the over 11,000 kilometers of scheduled roads will be constructed during President Akufo-second Addo’s term.
Town roads, cocoa roads, Sinohydro roads, and roads associated with other important projects, he said, are among the roads to be built.
The Minister also claimed that the government had built about 4,000 kilometers of roads in the country between 2017 and 2020.
“As part of the government’s year of road programme, vital roads with a total length of 2,167.2km were listed for reconstruction at a cost of GHS 7.827 billion in all 16 regions of the country,” he added.
“Currently, 325 schemes are being carried out throughout the country’s cocoa-growing regions. The total length of roads is 4,853 kilometers, and they cost GHS14.511 billion. Hospitals, schools, prisons, police barracks, army garrisons, and other security forces compounds are among the 1,500 kilometers of asphaltic overlay planned by the Ministry of Roads and Highways across the country.”
Bridges and interchanges are being built.
He also mentioned that the government plans to construct 120 of the 200 planned bridges across the country over the next four years, as well as 25 interchanges.
Mr Amoako-Attah also revealed that 50 bridges will be built across the country between 2017 and 2020.
Mr Amoako-Atta said, “Mark my words, 20 interchanges will most likely be completed by 2024.”
“By the end of our second term, we will have installed 20 interchanges in our country; we expect 25, but we are confident and certain, because we know what we are doing…because we have programmed everything we are doing, and we would have had about 25 interchanges in our country.” This has never happened before in any other country.
The Minister also revealed that the Pokuase Interchange would be completely operational in the first week of July 2021, helping to alleviate traffic congestion on the Accra-Nsawam Highway.
President Akufo-Addo is required to commission the interchange, according to the Minister.
“God willing, the President will formally commission the Pokuase interchange in the first week of July. It must have been subjected to a full-fledged rivalry. This is the initiative that President Akufo-administration Addo’s began from the ground up. This interchange will be fully open to traffic on July 1st,” he stated.