Great relief for Accra-Kasoa road users as Mallam Junction section reopens

BY: Timothy Ngnenbe
Road diversions cleared following the completion of work on the drain at the Mallam Junction.
Road diversions cleared following the completion of work on the drain at the Mallam Junction.

The heavy vehicular traffic that motorists had to contend with on a section of the Accra-Kasoa road last week is no more, following the reopening of the Mallam Junction section of that road that was closed to the motoring public.

Consequently, workers and other road users who were delayed in traffic for hours because of the heavy vehicular traffic have heaved a sigh of relief.

The road was closed to traffic on May 1 this year to pave the way for the construction of a GH¢6 million drain under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation Project.

As part of the project, about 500 metres of the Accra-Kasoa road was cut through at the Mallam Junction.

Roads from Awoshie and Odorkor towards Kasoa were closed during the first and second phases of the project and alternative routes were created for motorists.


Observation

A visit by the Daily Graphic on Wednesday to assess the traffic situation in the aftermath of the reopening of the road on Friday, June 1, showed that vehicular traffic had returned to normalcy.

Unlike the previous week when officers of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service had a hell of time managing the flow of traffic, there was an orderly flow of traffic.

Only two police officers were spotted around the site of the construction works when the Daily Graphic reached the area at about 6:40 a.m.

At the time of the visit, workers on the drainage project were not on site but some traffic wardens were seen helping schoolchildren to cross from one side of the road to the other.

A section of the bus stop opposite the Ecobank close to the site of the project was cordoned off. So much dust was emanating from the project site, for which reason some members of the public had put on nose masks to guard against inhaling the dust.

Assurance

In an interaction with the Sanitation Engineer in charge of the GAMA Sanitation Project, Mr Gabriel Engmann, he said efforts were being made to put in place dust suppression mechanisms to control the dust.

He appealed to motorists and other road users to cooperate with workers at the project site by adhering to the safety measures that had been put in place to protect lives.