The Ministry of Roads and Highways says it will ensure the Accra-Tema motorway is opened to traffic on Friday, June 17.

The Ministry in a press statement issued on Tuesday, June 14, said the reopening will be done by 6am.

It also said the Ghana Highway Authority is working day and night to ensure that the work is completed on time.

“The Ghana Highway Authority has been working day and night to reconstruct the deck, applying modern technology of concrete production and use to ensure that the road is opened to traffic by Friday, 17 June 2022 at 6:00 am… Contractors working on the Beach road have been directed to ensure that the dual carriage sections are opened to traffic.”

We will ensure Tema motorway is opened to traffic on Friday - Roads Ministry
Ministry of Roads and Highways’ statement

“The motoring public is advised to use alternative roads such as Fertilizer Road, Tsui Bleoo Road, Spintex Road 1, Teshie Link, Adogon Highway and Burma Camp Roads 1 & 2 and follow directional signs,” portions of the statement said.

The Ministry explained that the ongoing work is necessary to protect lives and property as the bridge on the Lakplakpa river, which was last repaired in 2014, had become defective.

“In 2014, one span of the 2-span bridge was replaced with a steel deck. Presently, the steel deck has failed and defects have occurred in the remaining reinforced concrete slab.”

“The defects on the steel deck have affected the steel beams and welds. In order to save life and property, it was imperative to close that section of the road for emergency repairs,” it added.

The ongoing repair works which started about two weeks ago have led to heavy vehicular traffic on the route.

A situation many motorists have complained about.

Some drivers in an interview with JoyNews‘ Samuel Mbura said the situation will have dire consequences on their activities.

“Because of the road that they are doing over there, so there’s huge traffic on both sides,” one driver said.