The Volta River Authority (VRA) is to open the Kpong Hydro-electric Dam for commuters on weekends, as a means of managing the heavy traffic build up at Senchi-Ferry during such period.

Officials of the Ghana Highway Authority and the VRA are holding talks to give access to light duty and cross-country vehicles weighing not more than five tons, to use the Dam only on weekends.

Myjoyonline.com sources say commuters from Accra heading to the Volta region especially, as well as other parts of the country, would be allowed to use the Kpong Hydro Dam through Akuse and connect to Juapong while those from Ho to Accra would also connect to Akuse through Fodzoku.

The development forms part of efforts by the Highway Authority to ease traffic at Senchi-Ferry which sees heavy vehicular congestion on weekends, following the closure of the Adomi Bridge.

The Adomi Bridge, the only route by which commuters can cross the Volta River to the Volta Region and beyond, has been closed to both vehicular and human movements for maintenance work that will take at least two years.

     

Long-winding queues of vehicles stretch over one kilometre distance right from the junction to the Ferry, off the Akosombo road. The same is the situation for those from Juapong waiting to be ferried by pontoons across the river at Senchi. 

According to Myjoyonline.com sources, an official announcement will be put out this week, indicating specific days and times that light duty vehicles can be allowed access to the Hydro-electric Dam beginning next weekend.

Security at the Kpong Dam has been tightened since the closure of the Adomi bridge early this month. Only vehicles with special permits from the VRA were allowed entry as the area is restricted to thoroughfare.

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