The newly improved Tema Community 3 Beach Road Junction has been officially commissioned.
This follows its opening to public on 28TH June, 2019 as part of the commencement of operations at MPS Tema Port.
The project started in January 2019 after a sod cutting by Meridian Ports Services Ltd (MPS) with support from the Ministry of Roads & Highways and the Ministry of Transport.
The Head of Implementation at the Road Project, Mr. Victor Moutinho described the project as one which was completed in a record time of 6 months.
“As you may be aware, we were on a very tight schedule to complete this project. To achieve this crucial goal, a fast track process was implemented for all partners (MPS, MRH/DUR, GPHA, Consultant and the Contractor) which contributed to the good results we made. To ensure speedy work taking into account the rainy season, we worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”.
He added that MPS worked assiduously with its key stakeholders including the Ministry of Roads and Highways’ Department of Urban Roads to ensure safety of pedestrians via the use of appropriate road signage by the use of regular monitored Traffic Management Plan.
The Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Attah noted that “the beach road junction suffered from serious traffic bottlenecks especially during the peak hours, which impeded the movement of private and commercial vehicles within Tema and affected inter-city commuters who used the junction”.
He posited that the project had the primary aim of alleviating transport challenges within Tema and beyond.
It will assist to enhancing “traffic flow to and from the expanded port” he added.
Chief Executive officer (CEO) of MPS, Mr. Mohamed Samara explained that the road is a significant part of the new Port.
“Every Port needs roads to thrive, our new slogan We connect, You thrive is the driving force behind this project.
While we connect Ghana to the world through the port project, it is important that we connect the Port to the hinter lands.
This we envisage can be achieved with an effective transport system including accessible roads and a vibrant rail system”.
“MPS has chosen through our shareholders to focus on the former.
It is worthy to note that, the road has a robust design made to withstand the heavy movement of trucks in and out of the new port.
Again, the latest technology was employed in the pavement finishing to increase adherence and prevent vehicles from slipping off the surface of the roads when it rains.
The junction and slip roads are also well illuminated to ensure the safety of users. MPS will continue to engage in projects that improve the socio-economic well-being of Tema and Ghana at large”. The CEO assured.
He concluded that the future plans would be to finish discussions with the partners so as to begin works on the proposed 8-Lane Expressway Project.
The Beach road is the second major road that links the port city of Tema to Accra apart from the Tema Motorway.
It also carries a lot of the traffic from the Tema Harbour to the rest of the country.
The completion of the project will modernize the road leading to the new Tema Port.
Significantly it will reduce travel time and cut down on accidents resulting from hasty movement by vehicles caught up in the hitherto persistent gridlock.
The project which costs 9 million US (45 million Ghana Cedis) is solely financed by shareholders of the Meridian Port Services Ltd as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
It involved the construction of a new roundabout and four slip roads within each quadrant of the roundabout as well as upgrades of access roads coming from the north, east and west.
The improvement works at the roundabout also represents the first phase of the Government of Ghana’s Tema Arterial Road Project and is in line with its vision of improving the road network in the Tema Metropolis due to the important role the Port of Tema in the economic fortunes of the nation.
This is the second time MPS has undertaken a project of this nature as in 2017, it expanded the existing Tema Motorway Roundabout to alleviate transport difficulties on the Trans-West African Highway which linked Accra to other parts of Ghana and Lome.