Nkrumah Interchange ‘biggest ever’ in Ghana – Kwesi Pratt

Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has commended President John Dramani Mahama and his government for the construction of the Kwame Nkrumah Circle interchange.

Speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo, Mr. Pratt was pleased with the latest development on the project, claiming the Circle interchange is the biggest ever in the country.

According to him, the addition of a Police and Fire Service Posts including other projects being established at the area is worth commemorating.

On Monday, the newly constructed Kwame Nkrumah Circle Interchange was inaugurated.

The GHS320.2 million project was jointly financed by the Brazilian government and the government of Ghana.

It is expected to carry about 84,000 vehicles a day and constitutes a key bottleneck in the major road network that links the suburban areas of Accra to the central business district.

President John Dramani Mahama cut the sod for the construction of the three-tier interchange at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra in October 2013.

Comparing the Circle interchange to other flyovers in the country, Mr. Pratt minced no words as he emphasised that the newly-constructed interchange is the “biggest interchange ever. The biggest ever, it’s not like Tetteh Quarshie or Atomic Junction.”

The Senior Journalist’s words appear to be in tandem with the comments by President Mahama at the inaugural ceremony on Monday night, that the facility is the longest and the highest flyover in West Africa.

“Lack of traffic flow results in an estimated loss of about 100 million dollars per annum to our national economy… This is the longest flyover and the highest in West Africa… please note I said flyover, the longest bridge is in Lagos, Nigeria but the longest and highest flyover is in Accra, Ghana,” he said.

Mr. Pratt, however, advised the authorities to maintain the interchange and ensure it’s in good shape.

He decried the poor maintenance culture of Ghanaians and so hoped the interchange will not become a 9-day wonder.

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