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General News of Tuesday, 11 June 2019


We’re prioritizing safety with Madina-Adentan footbridges – Road Minister

The Ministry for Roads and Highways is taking steps to make sure the remaining Madina-Adentan Highways footbridges are in a very safe condition to use once it is completed.

The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta has said the ministry is putting in measures to discourage the defacing of the newly constructed footbridges on the Madina-Adentan Highway with posters and billboards.

Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Atta said the footbridges will be ready for use by July 1.

“We are discussing things that touch on safety and we are going to improve on that. I have a safety department within my ministry, which is working with my colleague Minister for Transport, so all the safety issues will be tackled,” he said.

One of the Madina-Adenta Highway footbridges which commenced in November 2018, was completed in May this year.

Pedestrians have started using the footbridge to cross over the highway.

All the six footbridges at the various locations; Firestone, Madina-Zongo Junction, Redco Junction, Ritz Junction, SDA Junction and WASS were at various stages of completion.

This stretch of the highway recorded lots of fatalities in pedestrian knock-down accidents which triggered a civil revolt when a student of the West Africa Senior High School was killed as she was crossing the road.

Over a hundred people are said to have been knocked down on the stretch since 2018 due to the lack of footbridges and faulty traffic lights.

When a taxicab on Thursday, November 8, 2018; knocked down a female student of WASS on the Adenta-Madina Highway the residents blocked the road and protested over the non-availability of footbridges.

On November 9, the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Roads and Highways, Transport and Interior issued a statement that work would commence in a week’s time (November 16)

Some residents however on Monday, November 12, 2018, staged a peaceful protest to re-echo the need for footbridges to safeguard lives of pedestrians.

Officials of the Ghana Highway Authority subsequently contracted six contractors to complete the footbridges on the stretch.