Ako Adjei Interchange

The Ako-Adjei Interchange is a flyover in Accra, Ghana. Until 2005 it was known as the Sankara Interchange.[1] The construction of interchange started in September 1997 and ended in December 1999.[2] It was constructed during the Jerry Rawlings administration and was the first interchange to be built in Ghana.[3]

Ako-Adjei Interchange
Sankara Interchange
Location
Accra, Ghana
Coordinates5°34′19″N 0°11′25″W / 5.57194°N 0.19028°W / 5.57194; -0.19028Coordinates: 5°34′19″N 0°11′25″W / 5.57194°N 0.19028°W / 5.57194; -0.19028
Roads at
junction
Ring Road Central
Independence Avenue
Liberation Road
Construction
ConstructedSeptember 1997
OpenedDecember 1999 (1999-12)

LocationEdit

The interchange is located between Ring Road Central and Independence Avenue and is along Liberation Road in Accra with links towards the 37 Military Hospital, the Police headquarters.

HistoryEdit

The site of the interchange was prior to its construction a major roundabout. The roundabout had several name changes from the Akuafo Roundabout to Redemption Circle to the Sankara Circle.[4] The names given to the roundabout represented the identities and interests of various Ghanaian political leader in Ghana's political history. When construction of the interchange begun in 1997 it was to replace the Sankara Roundabout.[2] Upon completion the interchange was named the Sankara Interchange. Captain Thomas Sankara was a military ruler of Burkina Faso.

RenamingEdit

The interchange was renamed after Dr. Ebenezer Ako Adjei, who was a lawyer and founding member of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).[5] He was also a member of The Big Six of Gold Coast politics who was instrumental in the struggle for Ghana's independence from the British. Ako Adjei was Ghana's first minister for foreign affairs and was involved in the formulation of the country's foreign policy and level of international engagements.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Sankara Interchange re-named after Dr. Ako Adjei". www.modernghana.com. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Featured Project". www.tbpconsult.com. Archived from the original on 26 February 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Prez cuts sod for Tetteh Quarshie Interchange". www.modernghana.com.
  4. ^ "Sankara Overpass Renamed After Ako Adjei". www.modernghana.com. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Ako Adjei Interchange, ACCRA". www.wikimapia.org. Retrieved 5 June 2011.