(VIDEO) KWAME NKRUMAH CIRCLE INTERCHANGE TO BE READY END OF OCTOBER

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(VIDEO) KWAME NKRUMAH CIRCLE INTERCHANGE TO BE READY END OF OCTOBER.

The entire Kwame Nkrumah Circle Interchange project is expected to be ready for handing over to the government by the end of this month.

The project, which is being funded with a loan from the Brazilian government and is being executed by Queiroz Galvao, a Brazilian company, is expected to ease traffic and reduce travel time for commuters when completed.

Work so far

Currently, the flyover from the Busy Internet end of the Ring Road to the Obetsebi-Lamptey Roundabout has been completed, while the lane marking and street lights have also been done.

“What is left is the down pipe drains that will take water from the top to the drains and to the main gutters. That is ongoing,” the Assistant Chief Resident Engineer, Mr Philip K. Ansah, told the Daily Graphic in an interview yesterday.

He said the other parts of the project that were yet to be completed were the approaches, the service roads, the ground works and the landscaping.

The approaches, he explained, were the ends of both sides of the flyover that continued with the road.

He said the contractors were working beyond normal times to be able to complete the work “for us to inspect before we hand it over to our client, the government”.

Other aspects of the contract

He said workers were putting final touches to the landscaping, while the Fire Service station and that of the ambulance had been roofed.

“With the Odaw terminals, the offices for the GPRTU have been completed and they have even moved in, while the Neoplan Terminal is at the roofing stage.

“We are pushing them so that by the end of this month they will  finish,” he said.

Mr Ansah said the contractor was currently paving the Kwame Nkrumah fountain, while plans at replacing Nkrumah’s statue  with a new one were also ongoing.

Delay in execution

He said the contractors were supposed to have handed over the project to the consultants by the end of September but explained that the recent rains caused the delay.

“Contractually, they were to finish their portion in September 2016, but we have some challenge. The recent rains have been a threat to us,” he explained, adding that when it rained for a day, it took a week or more for work to resume.

Mr Ansah said the change in time schedule would not have any financial implications, as the contract sum was a fixed one.

BY SEVERIOUS KALE DERY.

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