Work on the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange which involves detailed engineering and construction of the old Circle into a three-tier interchange and other ancillary works including drainage, terminals, pedestrian walkways and landscaping is progressing steadily and according to schedule.
This circle is named after the first President of the Republic of Ghana. It is a central point in Accra and life never stops here. It has a lovely fountain at the center which is switched on during special occasions. The name was changed to National Liberation Circle, after the National Liberation Council which overthrew the government of Kwame Nkrumah in 1966. The name was reversed to Nkrumah Circle by the Acheampong Regime.
There was a notorious man, Salifu Amankwaa, who during the Provisional National Defense Council,PNDC, era, was in charge of the maintenance of law and order and the general cleanliness here, sometimes with somewhat unpleasant results.
The new face of the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange started by the Mahama led administration ,is a three tier interchange being constructed to replace the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in the centre of the city of Accra.The construction of the interchange became necessary when the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, which handles over 84,000 vehicles from the arterial roads and their intersections daily. The current roads could no longer ensure effective and efficient tackling of the traffic congestion challenges.
On 3 June 2015, a GOIL fuel station near the interchange exploded killing at least 150 people. The disaster was exacerbated by floodwaters which caused the fuel to spread as it floated and burned, killing additional people.
The project, when completed in September will effectively and efficiently tackle the traffic congestion challenges currently being experienced, and ensure improved drainage and pedestrian safety among others.
Other notable points from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle are as follows:
•Obetsebi Lamptey Circle 1.8 km
•African Unity Circle 2.3 km
•Danquah Circle 3.8 km
•Akuafo Circle 4.3 km
•Rana Roundabout 25 km
•French Embassy Roundabout 29 km