Delays Expected in Completion of Ofankor-Nsawam Road Construction

Motorists and commuters using the Ofankor-Nsawam road will need to brace themselves for more frustration, as the completion of construction on this critical stretch is likely to be delayed further. The ongoing gridlock on the road has been a source of significant inconvenience, leading to extended travel times and disrupting daily routines and livelihoods.

Initially scheduled for completion in July 2024, the project now faces uncertainty. Chief Resident Engineer Ing. Kwabena Bempong, who oversees the Pokuase-Nsawam Highway project, confirmed in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM on Wednesday, June 19, that the road will not be finished by the expected deadline.

Ing. Bempong detailed that substantial work remains to be done on the road. He noted that the contractor has not yet provided a revised completion date, making it difficult to predict when the project will finally be completed. “We have requested the contractor to give us a revised programme,” he stated. “Obviously, for a project like this, we need to have an extension of time approved by the Ministry of Roads and Highways, and until that happens, we cannot say anything definitive.”

This delay is poised to exacerbate the already severe traffic congestion, as commuters will continue to face prolonged travel times. The road, which serves as a vital artery for thousands of travelers, has become notorious for its traffic jams, impacting not only personal schedules but also the efficiency of businesses relying on timely deliveries and commuting workers.

The Ministry of Roads and Highways, along with the project’s contractors, will need to expedite the revision of the project timeline to provide commuters with a clear expectation. In the meantime, the prolonged construction period will require patience and adaptability from all those affected.

As the community waits for a new completion date, the focus will undoubtedly be on minimizing the impact of these delays and ensuring that the eventual completion of the Ofankor-Nsawam road brings much-needed relief to the weary travelers of Accra.

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