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From: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Isaac Essel          Published On: January 27, 2013, 12:58 GMT
 
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 Govt to construct five more interchanges on N1 Highway – MiDA CEO

Martin Eson-Benjamin

The Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), Martin Eson-Benjamin has announced that design work has been completed for five additional interchanges to be constructed on the N1 Highway.

He noted: “These interchanges have already been designed and are awaiting funds from GoG. These did not form part of the works completed under Phase I of the MCA Program.”

This was contained in his rejoinder to Myjoyonline.com under the subject: ‘We Didn’t Know Where To Put Footbridges’ – MiDA CEO

Mr Eson-Benjamin placed on record that the consultants responsible for the road design, selected and advised MiDA on the location of the six (6) permanent footbridges.

“These locations were chosen to avoid any conflict with the areas earmarked for future construction of the additional Interchanges in Phase II, namely: Abeka Lapaz, Dzorwulu, Kwashieman, Nyamekye and Awoshie intersections. It is to be expected that these Interchanges will take into account additional arrangements that will facilitate crossings by all pedestrians.”

He stressed that the spatial demands for interchanges in the Phase II, explain the ‘apparent’ large gaps between the permanent footbridges currently on the road.

However, he said, “The decision with regard to the new locations for the additional Pedestrian Walkways does not involve MiDA, whose Project (Phase I) was completed and handed over to GHA in February 2012.”
Below is the Rejoinder
 Govt to construct five more interchanges on N1 Highway – MiDA CEO

REJOINDER: “WE DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO PUT FOOTBRIDGES” – MiDA CEO


The Statement under the above heading, attributed to me as the CEO of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) does not fully convey the information discussed with the Correspondent from Joy FM, who had sought my views about an accident that had occurred on the road in question and the additional interventions which could assist in ending these avoidable occurrences.

Phase I

In the telephone discussion with Joy FM’s Correspondent, I had mentioned among other things that the Tetteh Quarshie-Mallam Section of the N1 Corridor was constructed strictly in accordance with Designs reviewed and approved by the relevant Road Agency, i.e. Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) and members of a Stakeholders’ Technical Committee, formed to review and advise on it. I confirmed that there were still some other outstanding Works that could not be undertaken under Phase I due to funding constraints.

The approved design of Phase I of the N1 Highway Project, address two critical junctions at Dimples and Mallam which were improved to grade separated interchanges, a total of six (6) Footbridges (Pedestrian Crossings), thirteen (13) Bus Bays and eight (8) Traffic Lights. On the basis of the approved Design for Phase I, additional interchanges will be constructed under Phase II. MiDA knew precisely where to put the permanent pedestrian footbridges and did so accordingly with MCC funding.

Phase II

It must be noted, however, that under Phase II of the Project, involving the additional Works planned for the Road Corridor, five (5) more Interchanges have been provided for. These Interchanges have already been designed and are awaiting funds from GoG. These did not form part of the Works completed under Phase I of the MCA Program.

Footbridges

The Consultants responsible for the road design selected and advised MiDA on the location of the six (6) permanent footbridges. These locations were chosen to avoid any conflict with the areas earmarked for future construction of the additional Interchanges in Phase II, namely: Abeka Lapaz, Dzorwulu, Kwashieman, Nyamekye and Awoshie intersections. It is to be expected that these Interchanges will take into account additional arrangements that will facilitate crossings by all pedestrians.

The spatial demands for Interchanges in the Phase II, explain the ‘apparent’ large gaps between the permanent footbridges currently on the road.

Consequent to the completion of Works under Phase I, a safety audit was carried out by GHA, out of which requests have been made by MiDA to Government for additional pedestrian footbridges and the fencing of the median. These requests have been studied by Government and we are informed that they will be attended to by GHA, who now have custody of the Road. Indeed, some of these Works have already started and involve the fencing of the median to stop indiscriminate crossings by pedestrians.

The decision with regard to the new locations for the additional Pedestrian Walkways does not involve MiDA, whose Project (Phase I) was completed and handed over to GHA in February 2012.

Lastly, it is important to mention that for the last five (5) years, MiDA has worked with these Designs and it will therefore be wrong on my part to say that MiDA had no idea of where to locate the crossings.

ISSUED BY:


CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (MiDA)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013


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