Works on the removal of the roundabouts on the Ejisu-KNUST junction road, which has caused several accidents and been a source of heavy traffic congestion on that stretch, will commence in May, this year.
Mr Christian Nti, Ashanti Regional Director of the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) who made this known, said the roundabouts would be replaced with traffic lights.
The project, which is being funded by the government of Ghana, is expected to be completed in six months.
Briefing journalists after a tour on the road, Mr Nti said by-passes had been created for vehicles to reduce traffic flow during the constructional phase of the project and the roundabouts, which were created at Ejisu, Oduom, Boadi and KNUST junctions, during the reconstruction of the Konongo-Kumasi highway, had caused several accidents, especially for heavy duty and loaded articulator trucks and created severe vehicular gridlock.
Residents of Kumasi have over the years complained about the inconvenience caused by roundabouts and called for their removal to ease congestion on the roads.
Mr Nti said in addition to the diversions, temporary traffic control zones would be provided to ensure reasonably safe and effective movement of road users and the road was a major route that served the entire country and its landlocked neighbours and could therefore, not be left out to cause harm to the people.
He said the removal of the roundabouts would help reduce frequent accidents and inconveniences caused to the people and urged the media to assist in educating the people on the project.
Mr Simon Osei-Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, who was part of the tour said the delay in the commencement of the project was due to a number of factors.
Among them were the final funeral rites celebrations of the late queen-mother of Asanteman, the National Farmers’ Day Celebration and the NPP’s National Delegates’ Conference, which was held in Kumasi.