Wpid Weija Interchange
Weija Interchange To Commence Soon

WEIJA INTERCHANGE -

The officials of the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) and Delico Property Development Ghana Limited (Delico), the project developer, has announced in Accra yesterday that 

the work on the interchange connecting the Accra-Cape Coast Highway to the West Hills Mall, the ultra-modern retail shopping centre which opens later this year, is ready to take off.

The disclosure was made at a stakeholders? sensitisation forum held at Weija in Accra-West when a five-stage construction schedule designed to reduce traffic congestion in the area during construction was unveiled to residents and other stakeholders from adjoining communities along the highway.
West Hills Mall is a 27, 000 square metre plus shopping centre ? a joint venture owned by Delico Property Investments Ghana Limited with 60 percent shareholding and Social Security & National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), which has 40 percent ownership.

The project has generated considerable public interest because of its sheer size, its location and the variety of innovative add-ons, many of which are new to retail shopping in West Africa. West Hills Mall has an extended parking bay with capacity for 1,400 cars.

Located at Dunkonah in Western Accra just off the Accra-Kasoa-Cape Coast Highway, the West Hills Mall development comes with a mix of local and international tenants and has two supermarket anchor tenants and some 65 line shops, a chain of restaurants and a five-screen cinema complex. Industry watchers have touted the new development as possibly the biggest retail shopping centre in West Africa on account of its massive rentable space.

Among tenants already lined up for business at the West Hills Mall when it is completed later this year are Shoprite, Palace, Edgars, Mr Price, Woolworth, Jet, MTN, Stanbic, Barcellos, Foods Inn, Basillia, Tante Marie, Bata Pierre Cardin, Lufian, Truworth and Identity.

The developer, Delico, is a joint venture comprising Atterbury, a renowned South African Property Development and Investment Company and Nasek Limited, a Ghanaian Property Development and Investment company. The interchange, described as one of the most critical components of the West Hills Mall development, became necessary following stringent meticulous traffic impact assessment conducted respectively by the developer and the Ghana Highway Authority.

From the onset, the developers declared their determination to guarantee the free, safe and uninterrupted flow of motor traffic across the Accra-Cape Coast Highway and provide safe access to the mall for shoppers, pedestrians, mall tenants and delivery vans, without interrupting the smooth flow of traffic on the main highway.

The interchange is being built in close collaboration with the Ghana Highway Authority which approved its design and standard specifications.

Mr Joshua Ayimbora, an engineering consultant with AURECON, the engineering consultant which designed the interchange said the key component of the interchange was a bridge or a structure which would serve as an underpass from the highway to the Mall.

Shoppers from the Cape Coast approaching through the Kasoa end of the road would simply drive through the slipway and enter the shopping mall?s parking area while delivery vehicles from that direction would use the Service Road located west of the Mall.

The forum was attended by local residents, representatives from Ghana Highway Authority, Ga South Municipal Assembly, Weija District Police Command, Chiefs and elders of neighbouring communities and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area.

The construction of the interchange would take eight to ten months to be completed.

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