Ghana government to fix footbridges on major highway after 194 deaths


The government of Ghana is to begin the construction of six foot bridges on the N4 highway here within a week following the carnage that has been recorded on the road so far.

The decision follows the knockdown and the instant death of a female high school student on the 7 km Madina-Adenta stretch, a suburb of the capital late Thursday which led to a spontaneous protest by residents who blocked the road to obstruct traffic flow.

A statement issued here early Friday jointly signed by Kwasi Amoako-Attah and Ambrose Dery, Minsters for Roads and Highways and Interior respectively called on residents to remain calm and cooperate with the ministries as government takes steps to address the safety concerns of the people.

The statement said, “The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Roads and Highways, Transport and Interior notes with regret, the frequent incidents of road crashes and its resultant casualties on the Madina-Adenta highway. These deaths have been occasioned by high speeding vehicles and inadequate pedestrian crossing facilities including foot bridges.”

To avert further carnage on the stretch, the Inter-Ministerial Committee has instructed the following measures to be carried out immediately;

“As an immediate step, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service has deployed men on the stretch to enforce the relevant Road Traffic Regulations on speeding limits, jaywalking and pedestrian crossing.”

Secondly, “Traffic signal lights and street lighting are also to be fixed to improve visibility on the corridor as well as work on the uncompleted bridges is expected to commence in a week.”

According to the government, the work is to be done on an accelerated basis with multiple contractors to ensure quick completion.

The country’s National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), the statement further notes was to intensify its education and sensitization programs targeting drivers and pedestrians along the corridor.

The death of the female student brings the total number of deaths to one-hundred and ninety-four (194) people have been knocked down and killed by speeding vehicles between January to November 2018.

The irate residents blocked the roads and burnt tyres that sent a thick dark cloud of smoke into the evening sky.

“No more deaths,” the protesters chanted. However, the police were deployed to stop the protest which they did after clashes with angry residents who pelted them with stones.

In their attempt to disperse the angry protesters, the police fired tear gases, water cannons and warning shots in which a stray bullet hit a woman and her son.

Similar deaths occurred on the country’s NI highway and it took several cry from the general public before foot bridges were constructed on the very busy stretch to provide safe passage for people to cross to the other side of the road.

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