Ghana and Japan sign 3.359 billion yen agreement to complete Phase II of Tema roundabout roads

Construction of the second phase of the Tema expressway roundabout is expected to start in September this year following the signing of a 3.359 billion yen facility between the government and Japan, acting through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Phase II of the project will see the construction of a third level flyover, which will be a composite bridge structure, from Harbor Road to Ashaiman on the N2.

This will complete the construction of a 3-level interchange at the Tema highway roundabout.

The project is expected to be completed in November 2024.

The works to be undertaken by MM. JFE Engineering Corporation will include the construction of a composite bridge and ramps as well as ancillary road works with a total length of 1.75 km between Harbor Road and Ashaiman.

Other works include the construction of drainage and safety facilities such as guardrails and traffic signs and the installation of lampposts.

Speaking at a signing ceremony in Japan last Thursday, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah expressed the gratitude of the government in Japan for its generous contribution to Ghana’s infrastructure development.

The Minister who leads a team of officials from the Ministry of Roads and Highways, Ghana Highway Authority including Mrs. Genevieve Edna Apaloo, the Ghanaian Ambassador to Japan and officials from the Ghanaian Embassy in Japan, was also witness to the tendering and negotiation process before signing the grant agreement.

“Once completed, this project will facilitate the rapid clearance of goods at Tema Port, end traffic congestion at Tema Roundabout and enhance trade integration and economic growth in the ECOWAS sub-region,” said The Minister.

According to him, the project will also reduce the cost of doing business in Ghana by reducing vehicle operating costs, reducing travel time and improving mobility and ensuring regional integration and improved intra-regional trade. the ECOWAS sub-region,” he said.

The Minister also thanked JICA, the consultants (CTI International Corporation) and the contractors (JFE Engineering Corporation) for their contributions to Ghana’s infrastructure development.

Currently, JICA is financing the construction of the AssinFosu to AssinPraso road works on the N8, undertaken by Messrs. Shimizu Dainippon.

Phase 1 of the project was commissioned by President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo in June 2020.

Funded by a US$55.6 million grant, it involved the construction of a 2.1 km 3-lane dual carriageway with a 730 m underpass and the upgrading of a dual carriageway 2 lane 1.9 km from Ashaiman Roundabout to Harbor Road.

In a related development, Mr. Amoako-Attah called on the Japanese government to help fund the funding gap for the Volivo Bridge project, which is expected to start soon.

During a courtesy visit to the Japanese Prime Minister’s Special Adviser, Mori Masako, at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Minister also requested support for the completion of the remainder of the N8 road between AssinFosu and Yamoransa, which would complement the existing works between AssinFosu and AssinPraso.

The minister reiterated his call during a bilateral meeting with JICA First Vice President Nakamura Toshiyukion on Friday.

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