Construction work on Lot One of the 14.1 kilometre section of the N.1 Highway, stretching from the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange to the Mallam Junction in Accra, otherwise known as Bush Highway, will begin before the end of the year.
Currently, the road corridor acts as a bottleneck and negatively impacts the return on investments on the contiguous road sections from Kasoa to Mallam Junction and the Accra-Tema Motorway.
A statement issued by the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) said the “upgrading of this vital road link which has been on the drawing board since the Accra-Tema Motorway was completed is finally being tackled under the Transportation Project of the $547 million Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) programme, funded by the United States government”.
It said the project would signify the realisation of a national dream to continue the Phase II of the Accra-Tema Motorway which was constructed some 43 years ago, to the Mallam Junction.
The statement said the road would be upgraded into a three-way dual carriageway with grade-separated junctions (interchange) at Dimples-Achimota Junction and another at the Mallam Junction, adding that “work on this road corridor which forms a part of the larger Trans West Africa Highway will be tackled in two lots” with Lot One being Tetteh Quarshie Interchange to Apenkwa Interchange and Lot Two, Apenkwa Interchange to Mallam Junction.
It said following the finalisation of the road and interchange designs, a public hearing had already been organised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for all Project-Affected Persons, chiefs, landlords and other stakeholders along the corridor to air their views on the road design and on all arrangements related to the resettlement of Project-Affected Persons along the corridor.
“The road which also supports urban and peri-urban traffic movement within the Accra Metropolitan Area, will ease the current congestion that characterises the road during most parts of the day, and allow speedier transportation of horticultural and other agricultural produce from the Central Region to the sea and air export outlets in Tema and Accra respectively,” it explained.
The statement said traversing the 14.1 kilometre stretch at peak hours took well over two hours, and that it was expected that after completion of the project, travel time during peak periods would reduce significantly.
Additionally, it said, the rehabilitation and upgrading of the 14 kilometre section of the N. 1 Highway would improve the efficiency of the greater road network in and around Accra.
Story by Elise Beacom