The government of Ghana built a road in the 60’s to aid commuting to and from the busy capital; the Ring Road. 3 decades down the line and the infrastructure has become a dreaded pathway by motorists. Something had to be done.
NDC, the incumbent ruling party prides itself as having rid the congestion menace in the commercial center of Accra ;the Kwame Nkrumah circle Interchange. President John Mahama leaves this as his legacy during his time in power. Opened by the president in November of 2016, the president pleaded with the people of Ghana to offer him another term to open more infrastructures as Ghana was geared towards the 2016 elections.
What you need to know about the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra.
At the cost of €75 million, Ghana Kwame Nkrumah circle interchange, which occupies the position initially occupied by the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, was by large funded by a loan from the Brazilian government. Gueiroz Galvao Construction, a Brazilian construction company was awarded the contract to actualize the construction.
For a three year period; between its onset in October of 2013 to its completion in September of 2016, over 1000 job opportunities were created to the people of Ghana; either directly or indirectly. Moreover, more jobs are expected to come, added the president during the opening of the Kwame Nkrumah interchange.
The circle which had been a menace to the commercial center is said to have cost the economy of Ghana over $100 per year. That is set to change as it has twice the holding capacity former Kwame Nkrumah circle did hold.
In its time, during its construction period, a petrol station near the interchange is remembered to have cost the lives of many in 2015. GOIL petrol station exploded killing over 150 people. In its efforts to quell the fire, floodwater was used. Typical of oil, it did float burning more and more as it was spread by the flood water.
The 3 tier interchange has 3 flyovers to it. One flyover is from the head office of the State Housing Co-operation, another is the Nsawam flyover and in the interchange’s center; the Akasanoma fly-over.
Among the facilities one can access at the interchange are; a restaurant, ambulance, fire and police stations, a library and a recreational facility. The buses that used to congest the circle have a terminal constructed, complete with working lavatories.
Akin the longest flyover in West Africa, the Kwame Nkrumah circle interchange update is to be in the next 20 years or so with its bridges designed for 60-year endurance.
Its opening sent many pictures flooding the social media sites. With the infrastructure being world class, many were left wondering, is Ghana geared to being the second Dubai?