The Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako Attah, has announced that vehicles exceeding the legal height limit of 4.5 metres will be denied access to the Accra-Tema Motorway in the coming months. This measure is aimed at ensuring a seamless construction of about 22 metres bridge over the Tema Motorway as part of the Flyover project from the Flowerpot roundabout. The construction, which is expected to begin in May, is projected to last for about four to five months.
Mr Amoako Attah stated that he would seek the assistance of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to enforce the height limit of trucks on the motorway. The contractors, China Railway No.5 Engineering Ghana Limited, and Doeke Consult Limited, the Supervising Consultant, have been urged not to treat any driver who flouts the law with kids’ gloves. They are expected to turn away and deal with culprits for flouting the law.
To reduce the loss of productive time in traffic during the construction period, Mr Amoako Attah advised the contractors to take proactive steps to manage the traffic situation on the motorway effectively. The Resident Engineer, Mr Emmanuel Dogbotse, noted that engineers were working tirelessly to minimise the impact of the construction on economic activities.
During the construction, four stages of traffic control and seven stages of construction would be implemented, starting with maintaining the original lanes and doing stage one construction. Mr Dogbotse added that the contractors would mount gentries on each side of the road to prevent over-height vehicles from passing through the construction site.
The Flyover project comprises one mainline bridge of 802 metres, two ramp bridges, four auxiliary roads of 2.5 kilometres, and ancillary works. The project’s revised completion date is December 31, 2023, with an intended final takeover period of December 31, 2024. The Ministry disclosed that the revised contract sum for the project is GHS284.6 million.