Mr. Speaker, the geo-
graphical location of the Kumasi Metropolis is central to other regions such as Eastern, Western, Brong-Ahafo/ Northern and the Volta Regions.
The congestion on these road is due
to the absence of adequate diversions that will prevent traffic from these inter- regional traffic from mixing with the local traffic in the Central Business District of the Kumasi Metropolis.
The present ring road in Kumasi has a
missing link between Oforikrom-Asokwa.
Traffic studies have shown that with the provision of this missing link, there may be some reduction in the congestion level. Mr. Speaker, there is some input I have made into the paper which I had late. It has to say that the missing link is to be awarded by the middle of March, 2008 and it is before the Central Tender Review Board. The ring road is not adequate to divert this traffic.
Over the past few years, the following
roads have been widened into dual carriageways to accommodate the increasing traffic through Kumasi:
1. Kumasi-Offinso dual carriageway
2. Kumasi-Accra “ “
3. Kumasi-Obuasi “ “
4. Kumasi-lake “ “
The Kumasi-Sunyani road is currently under construction.
The project commences from the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital through Sofo-line, Kwadaso to Abuakwa. Messrs China-Joo Engineering Cor- poration is the Contractor. And the contract price is $81 million. The project duration is for thirty-six months, starting from August, 2008.
The scope of work involves cons- truction of a dual carriageway as well as an interchange at the Sofo-line round about.
The Kumasi-Mampong Road
The 8-kilometre Mampong road is proposed for widening into a 4-lane dual carriageway with an interchange at the Suame roundabout. Design of the proposed intervention has been done and the Department of Urban Roads is reviewing the right of way to minimize the property impact. Funding is also being sourced for the development of the road.
The Outer Ring Road
This is the proposed 78 kilometre Outer
ring road diversion of traffic through to the Northern Region and neighbouring Sahelian countries.
The right of way acquisition will be
completed this year to pave the way for payment of the necessary compensation.
Meanwhile, feasibility and detailed design is currently being undertaken by Messrs Asafo-Boakye & Partners. This is expected to be completed by the end of 2008.
The scope of design work includes the design of interchanges on the following roads:
Kumasi -Mampong road
Kumasi-Accra Sunyani road
These works when completed will
decongest the traffic on the main arterial roads.