The government has signed the final supplementary financial agreement with Japan for the second phase of the Tema Expressway Roundabout project.
The grant of 3.369 billion yen, or approximately $25 million equivalent to GH¢201 million, was signed between the Ghana Highway Authority and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
This final signature paves the way for the start of construction work in September of this year.
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta and JICA Ghana Office Chief Representative Araki Yasumichi signed the framework agreement in Accra on October 13 last year.
A signing ceremony was held last Thursday in Tokyo, Japan, between the construction company, Messrs. JFE Engineering Corporation, and the Ghana Highway Authority.
JFE Engineering Managing Director Toru Watabiki signed on behalf of the construction company, while GHA Managing Director Christian Nti signed on behalf of the authority.
The minister led a team of officials from the Ministry of Roads and Highways, the Ghana Highway Authority and the Ghanaian Embassy in Japan, including the Ambassador to Japan, Genevieve Edna Apaloo, to assist in the appeal process. tenders and negotiation before signing the construction contract.
Phase II of the project will involve the construction of a third level flyover, which will be a composite bridge structure connecting Harbor Road to Ashaiman on National Highway Two (N2).
This will complete the three-tier interchange at the Tema Motorway roundabout needed to facilitate and ease traffic flow.
The works include the construction of a composite bridge and ramps and axillary road works with a total length of 1.75 kilometers 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 streetlights.
When construction begins on schedule, the project is expected to be completed in November 2024.
During the signing ceremony in Japan, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, expressed his gratitude to the government and people of Japan for their generous contribution to Ghana’s infrastructure development.
“Once completed, this project will enable the Port of Tema to quickly clear goods, end traffic jams at the Tema roundabout, and improve trade integration and economic growth in the ECOWAS sub-region” , said the Minister.
He said the project would also reduce the cost of doing business in Ghana by reducing vehicle operating costs, reducing travel time and improving mobility.
Currently, JICA is financing the construction of the Assin Fosu to Assin Praso road works on the N8, undertaken by Messrs. Shimizu Dainippon.
The first phase of the project was inaugurated in June 2020.
Funded by a Japanese grant of $55.6 million, it involved the construction of a 2.1 km dual carriageway with a 730 meter underpass and the upgrading of a 1. 9km from Ashaiman Roundabout to Harbor Road.
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