Officials of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) and the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service have been employed by contractors of the four-tier Pokuase interchange to help direct traffic and sensitise motorists on the appropriate lanes and routes to take to their respective destinations.
The Resident Engineer for the Pokuase Interchange project, Ing. Kwabena Bempong, said most drivers mistakenly and sometimes deliberately use wrong routes on the interchange, which can result in motor accidents.
He said the officials will be on the ground for some time to initially guide motorists before later sanctioning errant motorists who flout traffic rules on the interchange.
“We have contracted the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) who are working with the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service as well as the local police; the Pokuase and Amasaman Command who are currently helping to sensitise the motorists. We are doing a two-fold approach. First, we are sensitising and after the education, enforcement will start in full force so that anybody who flouts the law intentionally will be subjected to the law,” he said.
The Pokuase Interchange is a four-tier interchange situated at Pokuase Junction, connecting motorists to Awoshie, Kwabenya, Amasaman and Achimota.
The project is being undertaken by Messrs China Zhongmei Engineering Company Limited.
The sod-cutting ceremony for work to start was done in July 2018, with the project initially expected to be completed in October 2020, but that was changed to March 2021.
The government, in May 2021, said the project would be completed in the first week of July 2021.
The four-tier interchange project is the first of its kind in West Africa.