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Nice pics; I hadn't seen very much of this town before. I wonder if they're building a new stadium here like they are in Tamale.
 

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yes ewangai the people are really friendly and im sure this city would overtake accra in the near future in development
 

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Sofoline interchange

currently there is lot of projects taking place in ghana but you hardly find pictures of them


The 10.3 Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital- Abuakwa single lane carriageway corridor of the main Kumasi- Sunyani road, considered to be one of the most congested in the Kumasi Metropolis, in terms of vehicular traffic, has now been redesigned to be reconstructed into an asphaltic concrete surface dual carriageway.
The project, estimated at ¢732 billion, ($80 million) and being executed by a Chinese construction firm - Messrs China Geo Engineering corporation, would begin in June this year.
It would be supervised by ABP Consulting Engineers from Ghana, and among the facilities that would be provided to curb the spate of accidents associated on the road, most of which claim life and property, are bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways. According to the Acting Minister of Transportation, Hon. Felix Owusu Agyepong, the reconstruction of the KATH- Abuakwa road would involve five main components, mainly- the widening of the road from KATH to Abuakwa, the construction of an interchange at KATH and Sofoline, as well as the construction of five underpass bridges along the road and the landscaping of the entire road network.
Giving details of the project during the sod cutting ceremony last Saturday in Kumasi at the weekend, Mr Owusu Adjapong pointed out that the widening of the KATH -Abuakwa road would involve the entire 10.3 KATH -Abuakwa road which also links Kumasi to the Brong Ahafo and Western regions.
Ò The section from KATH to Sofoline roundabout which is about 2 kilometres, will be a three lane dual carriageway, with the remaining 8.3 kilometres widened into a two lane dial carriageway, he explained.
Explaining further, he said Ò there will be an interchange at the present Sofoline roundabout. This will ensure free flow of traffic at the location, which is currently one of the traffic bottlenecks in the city. He said a second two level interchange to control vehicular traffic movement would also be constructed at the present KATH roundabout, while five underpass bridges would be developed at the UCEW K, IPT, Agric College, Apatrapa and South Suntreso junctions to facilitate the smooth flow of vehicular traffic at that section of the Kumasi Metropolis.
The project will ensure that traffic will be separated at these five major junctions which have been traffic bottlenecks, he stressed, adding Ò Traffic from the minor roads will be routed under the Sunyani road through underpass bridges
Stressing further, the Transportation Minister said Ò The project we are launching today will cater for the landscaping of all road medians and selected open spaces abutting the road and within the interchange loops.
He expressed concern about the inadequate infrastructural development, including road network in Kumasi, and pointed out that, the absence of such facilities have undermined the economic development in the metropolis .
He therefore assured that the government would initiate the necessary programmes that would reduce traffic congestion in Kumasi to facilitate the free movement of goods, services and persons
Mr Owusu Adjapong also hinted that apart from the KATH-Abuakwa road, the government would develop the main arterial roads at Antoa, Kampong, Offinso, Barekese, Sunyani, New and Old Bekwai as well as the Lake Road which converge at Kumasi.
These roads are connected by the ring road which serves as the wheel, however, there is lack of fluidity and connectivity in the flow of traffic due to the bottlenecks at some intersections, including those of Oforikrom, Asafo market, Asokwa, Santasi roundabout, Sofoline roundabout and Suame roundaboutÓ, he explained.
Adding he said, there are also some missing links of the road network like that of the Oforikrom-Asokwa-Ahodwo and Sofoline link road, and stated that, the delay in developing the link roads are undermining the smooth flow of vehicular traffic in the metropolis.
He said by providing the requisite infrastructure in Kumasi, the Metropolis would be able to play its role as a modern city which is not only strategically located to enhance business transactions, but also a centre of vibrant economic, cultural, tourist and political activities in the country.
Earlier in his welcoming address, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, said the government was committed in developing the road network in Kumasi and would not leave any stone unturned to make the government realise its objective.
He expressed concern about the undue delay of the Asafo interchange, which he said had affected the socio-economic development of the metropolis.
He said unlike the Asafo interchange, the KATH-Abuakwa road would be completed on schedule and urged residents to cooperate with the construction firm executing the project to enhance its early completion.




 

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shamble!When will Africa learn to run? I wonder when Africa will change.Look at the building they're very deteriorating.Don't Africans have taste?
Are you willing to sponsor the renovation?

I am sure africans have taste but it all comes down to money and its efficient use.
 

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shamble!When will Africa learn to run? I wonder when Africa will change.Look at the building they're very deteriorating.Don't Africans have taste?
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The buildings are not deteriorating, they are just affected by tropical climate, they only need a fresh coat of paint.

I really like the news about the new highways being built. Ghana is progressing well.
 

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Kumasi Airport is a small airport for a city with a 1,500,000 population. The runway is too short and the terminal is very, very small. Do you think Kumasi needs a new airport built?
 

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Kumasi Airport is a small airport for a city with a 1,500,000 population. The runway is too short and the terminal is very, very small. Do you think Kumasi needs a new airport built?

There are plans to build a new one. a land has alreayd been acquired.

meanwhile if you are interested in how the can preparations are going, check the ungoing thread, CAN2008 at oasis.
 

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Mm... I thought Accra is much busier than Kumasi given its population and its function as the capital city. Kumasi is the main town in provincial Ashanti region , and it's a city of 1.5 million !? Im not keeping up with the latest update as I thought it's metro pop around 550 000 last year :)
 

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Mm... I thought Accra is much busier than Kumasi given its population and its function as the capital city. Kumasi is the main town in provincial Ashanti region , and it's a city of 1.5 million !? Im not keeping up with the latest update as I thought it's metro pop around 550 000 last year
Where did you get that from? Kumasi as at 2000 had a population of 1,197,000 and with the rate of growth should be 1.5million or more now.
Accra is estimated to have 2million but a greater metro populaton of about 3million
 

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Actually I looked at my atlas and Kumasi is grouped into 100,000 to 500,000 category that's why.. And Accra between 1 mil to 2 million.

But I think Kumasi must be a very important city in Ghana as many of its palm oil production comes from Ashanti region in which Kumasi is the largest city.
 

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shamble!When will Africa learn to run? I wonder when Africa will change.Look at the building they're very deteriorating.Don't Africans have taste?
It all comes down to money and commercial property ownership. Most of the buildings have largely been owned by individuals who do not invest in the buildings as would be a commercial property owner looking for decent rewards.
If you go to Accra where commercial property investment is booming, you will see that many of the buildings are being renovated and new shiny ones are being erected as commercial property investors start to invade the city for better returns.
 

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There are plans to build a new one. a land has alreayd been acquired.

meanwhile if you are interested in how the can preparations are going, check the ungoing thread, CAN2008 at oasis.
I ain't seen no news reports related to this new airport.
 

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The photos depicting Kumasi Stadium look like they just built a new grandstand to the west of it.
 
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