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Stolen Pokuase interchange guard rails replaced

Some workers of the Company involved in the construction of the Pokuase Interchange, Zhongmei Engine Group have been fingered in the stealing of crushed barriers on the Pokuase-Kwabenya stretch of the Interchange and the destruction of street lights of other parts in an attempt to steal them.

Some workers of the Company involved in the construction of the Pokuase Interchange, Zhongmei Engine Group have been fingered in the stealing of crushed barriers on the Pokuase-Kwabenya stretch of the Interchange and the destruction of street lights of other parts in an attempt to steal them.

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The company has however replaced the stolen crush barriers for 3,500 dollars and repaired the damaged street lights for 4,000 Cedis each.

Our reporter toured the newly constructed Pokuase Interchange to inspect the edifice and reports that the replaced crash barriers have been welded in addition to the bolt and nuts in place to ensure it is not easily dismantled.

The usual traffic that appears visible at Pokuase where roads from Kwabena, Ofankor barrier, Awoshie, Amasaman and adjoining towns meet was absent with personnel from the Police MTTD scattered around, an indication that the Interchange is serving its actual purpose. Barely three months after the project was inaugurated by President Akufo Addo, the crushed barriers on the Pokuase-Kwabenya stretch of the Interchange were stolen while 12 street lights got damaged in an attempt to steal them. The thieves made away with 10 crush barriers each measuring 4 feet.

The barriers in question are mounted on a cliff to prevent vehicles using a service road from the Victoria College area at Pokuase from falling over from a height of about three metres onto the road from Kwabenya towards the main interchange.

GBC can confirm that all the bolts and nuts used to secure the crash barriers in the Pokuase Interchange have been welded in addition to replace ones that were stolen. External operations manager for Zhongmei engineering group limited Desmond Yaw Hodanu Bedi suggest that the burglary is an inside job, adding that the case is currently under investigation by the Police.

Mr Hodanu Bedi gave an update on the damaged trafficking lights.

Residents were unwilling to speak for fear of being vilified by the perpetrators. The four-tier Pokuase Interchange on the Accra-Nsawam-Kumasi road is the first of its kind in West Africa and was inaugurated by President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on July 9, 2021.

The project involved the construction of the 6.5-kilometre Awoshie-Pokuase Road, an interchange at the intersection of the ACP Junction to Awoshie to Nsawam road, two footbridges, the widening of the Nsawam Road by some two kilometres (km), drainage works, the provision of streetlights and the construction of 12km of town roads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: GBC

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