The extensive project of reconstructing and expanding the Accra-Tema Motorway officially commenced on Tuesday, covering a 19.5-kilometre stretch from the Tetteh Quarshie roundabout to the Tema roundabout.
The ambitious initiative features a 10-lane expansion, and Ghanaian-owned Maripoma Enterprise Limited has been entrusted with the supervision of this crucial infrastructure development.
The commencement was announced during a tour of ongoing road projects in Accra by the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah.
The minister and his team inspected the ongoing drainage projects in Tema Community 11 and 12, in addition to the expansion project of the Tema Motorway.
Minister Amoako-Attah highlighted the significance of the Accra-Tema Motorway project, describing it as the first phase of the broader expansion initiative.
He detailed that the subsequent phases would encompass the stretches from Tetteh Quarshie to Apenkwa and from Apenkwa to Neoplan.
The Minister called on institutions with billboards on the road to promptly remove them. Anticipating a transformative year for road infrastructure, he promised the commissioning of completed projects in 2024.
Expressing satisfaction with ongoing drainage work in communities 11 and 12, the Minister commended the contractors for their commendable progress.
However, he stressed the importance of contractors engaging with the community before initiating projects to ensure residents' cooperation, acknowledging that construction projects can inconvenience locals.
The Minister advised contractors to prioritize quality work, emphasizing that any substandard construction would face legal consequences.
He urged contractors to recognize the national interest and deliver excellence, emphasizing the importance of value for money.
Regarding the completion of the Tema bridge, Minister Amoako-Attah confirmed its readiness, highlighting the successful completion of 50 such bridges across the country.
Kingsley Attafuah, Technical Director of Raceg Construction Limited, the contractor responsible for the Tema drainage system, provided an update.
He revealed that work began in July 2023, with 80 percent of the project already completed.
Assuring Ghanaians of adherence to the schedule, Attafuah stated that road construction is set to commence in March 2024 following the completion of the drainage system.