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Dec 23, 2011

$2 million for Ashaiman Interchange


Hon. Joe Gidisu, Minister of Roads and Highways say the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has made available to the Ministry highways 2 million dollars for the design of a three-tier interchange on the Tema Motorway and Ashaiman roundabouts.

He said the money for the project covered feasibility studies and design of the road from Nkwanta to Yendi and part of the Eastern Corridor Roads, which has already been done.

Mr. Gidisu disclosed this at the meet-the-press in Accra and indicated that as part of measures to increase revenue for the Ghana Road Fund, a number of toll booths will be increased on selected trunk roads.

He explained, however, that some temporary toll booths has already been placed on the Abuakwa-Bibiani-Sefwi-Benkyema Junction section at the Benkyema Police Barrier, the Accra-Cape Coast-Takoradi-Elubo road corridor at Moree Police Barrier and another one on the Accra-Kumasi road.

The others are located on the Kumasi-Techiman-Kintampo-Tamale-Paga corridor at New Offinso and the Techiman-Wenchi-Wa-Hamile road at Sawla.

Mr. Gidisu stated that exemption of tolls covered vehicles of the Ghana Police Service, Army, Prisons Service, Ghana National Fire Service, the Red Cross Organisation, the government, mission ambulances, and diplomatic mission and not staff members of such organizations.

 He said the Ghana Road Fund was established in 1985 to provide a secure source of funding for the preservation of the nation’s road network.

The various road agencies – the Department of Urban Roads, the Ghana Highway Authority, the Department of Feeder Roads – has budgeted a total of GH¢326 million this year to undertake major and minor rehabilitation road projects, but the road fund was only able to allocate GH¢94 million to the three agencies leaving a gap of GH¢232 million.

Source: ISD