The Ghana Highways Authority insists it is working on building a bridge to prevent the fatalities of pedestrians who attempt to cross the Madina-Adenta Highway.
On the Super Morning Show Wednesday, Diana Seade, Public Relations Officer for the Authority, acknowledged that wardens placed along the road has not remedied the deaths, and she confirmed that government is working to find a solution.
“People are dying on that road,” Seade said. “I apologize to the public. It affects all of us and we are working to solve it.”
According to Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, construction of a new bridge will begin later this month. It is not clear how traffic will be impacted.
“The Minister is on the side of the public to ensure that lives are protected,” she said.
Another construction project will take place along the N1 highway at the Fiesta Royale junction in Dzorwulu up until Tullow. A service lane there will be reconstructed to fix an improperly installed drain that has caused severe flooding around the area. Pipelines buried underneath the road will also be replaced.
She explained, owner of one of the properties near a Shell fuel at Dzorwulu, engaged in construction activities without permission leading to the flooding. The Roads and Highways Ministry, she said, requested that he demolish the project, but nothing was done. Property developers have taken over the land and they are “working to alleviate the situation.”
She added that human activities along the road have also led to flooding. Authorities have witnessed that floodwaters there seep onto the N1, annexing the issues happening along the highway.
“With buildings and other development projects springing up along the road, water now gushes into underground pipelines, resulting in flooding on the road, thereby impeding vehicular movement,” said a Regional Director of the Ghana Highway Authority, Lawrence Lloyd Lankwei Lamptey, at a press conference Tuesday.
The construction will not impact traffic, Seade advised. Rather than shutting down any of the lanes, the work will be conducted on the service road alongside the highway. The construction will begin Sunday, October 14 and will last one week, the Ministry said.
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