The contractors who worked on the Kwame Nkrumah interchange did a shoddy work, Moses Abor, Head of the Accra Metropolitan Authority Task Force at the facility, has said.
According to him, instead of helping to reduce the floods that often result when it rains, the edifice, given the way it was constructed, had aggravated the situation, posing more danger to commuters and traders.
The flyover, constructed by the John Mahama administration, was in the news on Wednesday, 1 March when a trailer loaded with sugar was involved in an accident on its Ring Road to Kaneshie stretch.
The freight on the trailer fell on the railing of the flyover while its head dropped onto the ground, destroying some vehicles in the process.
An eyewitness who reported the accident to Emefa Apawu on Class91.3FM’s 505 programme said: “The situation has caused a serious traffic on the road. The head of the trailer dropped to the ground while the container was left hanging on the overhead.”
Speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM on Thursday, 2 March, Mr Abor said among other things: “It was a shoddy work they did on the interchange and I believe that this new government will have a second look at the entire project to fix the defects on the edifice. Today as we speak you cannot conduct business at Circle when it rains. The situation has been so for years, however the flyover has worsened matters.”
“Look at the huge amount the government invested in the Circle interchange, but today when it rains we are not safe. I thought the thinking that went into the construction of the Mallam interchange, which is one of the best interchanges in West Africa if not Africa, should have gone into the construction of the Circle flyover.”