Kasoa Interchange Project Takes Of

Kasoa Interchange Project Takes Of

Kasoa Interchange Project Takes Of
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Construction work has started on the $172-million Kasoa interchange. The project, which is expected to ease the worsening gridlock in and around that part of the Central Region, is set for completion by November 2016.

Buildings and other structures in the area are being pulled down following commencement of excavation work last week by workers of the Brazilian firm, Queiroz Galvao, on two of the seven piers needed for the foundation of the interchange at the main Kasoa traffic lights.

Director of Urban Roads, Mr. Abass Awolu, said aspects of the work started about two months ago on the bridge across the Okrudu stream.

Queiroz Galvao will construct a 270-metre interchange at Kasoa, two overpasses on the main Kasoa-Winneba road, the 33-kilometre Kasoa-Obom-Amasaman road and 20 kilometres of road in the Ga South Municipality and Kasoa.

Under the project, there will be various bridges along the main Kasoa-Winneba road to improve movement within the communities.

The Kasoa interchange project is one of the main 2012 campaign promises of the NDC, which is captured on page 53 of the party’s manifesto, aimed at improving accessibility to major centres of population, production and tourism in the Central Region.

The project, approved by Parliament in October last year, comprises the construction of 200 metres of Interchange Bridge, a new roundabout, drainage and public lighting, the 33-kilometre Amasaman-Kasoa road and the 20 kilometres of roads in the Ga South municipality and Kasoa.

However, the New Patriotic Party’s flagbearer for the 2016 elections, Nana Akufo-Addo, later alleged that the 172 million dollar contract had been inflated, and challenged President Mahama to check the figures again.

Nana Akufo-Addo said he was convinced the estimated cost of $172m for the project had been over-bloated and could have been completed at half the cost.

He alleged that the proposed Kasoa interchange is one of 21 projects being undertaken by the Mahama administration and which costs have raised several eyebrows.

"Check the [Kasoa] figures; check them again" Akufo- Addo threw the challenge to Mahama while addressing the second Aliu Mahama memorial lecture in December 2014, adding even if an independent open tender would be invited, the president should do it and see if the country can't save half of what had been estimated.

He said, while the President has the power to ignore his challenge, it will be an "unprecedented show of strength" and not weakness if he should take him up on the challenge, he said, adding "He [Mahama] has nothing to lose. Only then will the President demonstrate to all, a clear commitment to fighting corruption.

But an NPP ranking member of the Parliamentary Committee on Roads and Transport intervened to defend the 172 million project, asserting that the cost had not been inflated.

Mr. Owusu-Aduomi said he was at a loss as to where Nana Akufo-Addo got the figure which he presented as the actual cost. He said it is only after looking at the detailed design of the structure, the road, and subsoil structure among others that one can arrive at the actual cost.

Kofi Owusu-Aduomi explained that the quoted figure was the projected cost and not the actual cost which was yet to be approved by Parliament.

As a professional civil engineer, he stated, the Ministry of Roads and Transport “brought the projected cost of the project and when the detailed design and everything have been completed, they [will] come back to Parliament to tell us the actual cost of the project”.

When asked if his committee had seen the actual cost of the interchange, Mr. Owusu-Aduomi answered in negative. “No, no; they haven’t finished with the detailed design of the project so they have not come to Parliament for us to have a look at the overall cost of the project.”

“According to the unit cost that the ministry gave us, I have done a crosscheck of the unit cost per a kilometer of an asphaltic concrete road, and it was one million US dollars per a kilometer, and it was the same one million that the Department of Urban Roads brought. So on that, I said it is within what I have checked so I was OK.”

CREDIT: The General Telegraph



Source: YEN.com.gh

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