Asphalting of Kasoa-Accra road commences on Sunday

BY: Timothy Ngnenbe
Mr George Asiedu, the coordinator of the project, explaining to some journalists why the road will be closed to motorists. Picture: EMMANUEL QUAYE
Mr George Asiedu, the coordinator of the project, explaining to some journalists why the road will be closed to motorists. Picture: EMMANUEL QUAYE

From Sunday, August 5, sections of the Kasoa-Accra road will be closed to vehicular traffic to pave the way for the asphalting of the portions of the roads that were cut for construction works on the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) drainage project at Mallam Junction in the Ga South municipality.

The asphalting of the affected portions of the roads in the area is expected to be completed by August 11, this year, after which the entire roads will be reopened to road traffic the next day.

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As part of the arrangements, the section of the Lapaz-Kasoa road at Mallam Junction will be closed to traffic from 10 p.m. on Sunday August 5 to 10 a.m. on Monday, August 6.

During the period of the closure, traffic flow from the Lapaz area will be diverted to one of the lanes on the Kaneshie-Kasoa section of the road.

On Wednesday, August 8, the Kaneshie-Kasoa stretch of the road will also be closed at the same time in the night while traffic will be diverted to one part of the Kasoa-Kaneshie road.


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The final phase of the asphalting process will be done on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, respectively, during which period the Kasoa-Kaneshie stretch of the road will be closed while traffic is redirected back to the asphalted sections.

Briefing

Briefing journalists at the site of the GAMA drainage project at Mallam Junction yesterday, the coordinator of the project, Mr George Asiedu, explained that the contractors would be carrying out the exercise at night when traffic would be minimal.

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He added that efficient cooling systems would be deployed to facilitate the asphalting process within five hours after it had been fixed.

"We know that for the few days that the roads will be closed, motorists and road users will go through some inconveniences but it is in the larger interest of the public. When we fully open the entire road on August 12, the travelling public will heave a sigh of relief," the coordinator said.

He cautioned residents of flood prone areas around Mallam to stay away from the site in their own interest.

"We are cautioning them not to go back because with the expansion work that has been done on the drains, the volumes of water that will gather when there is a downpour will affect them," Mr Asiedu added.

Safety

A Sanitation Engineer at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), Mr Gabriel Engmann, said safety officers would be deployed to the project site to help pedestrains and motorists.

He, therefore, advised members of the public to bear with the contractors and adhere to security arrangements for their personal safety.

Mr Engmann assured the public that due diligence would be done to complete the work on schedule.