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22.02.2007 Politics

Minority Calls For A Stop To Access Road Project

The Office of the Minority in Parliament has expressed shock and dismay at the manner in which the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) has granted an estate developer the authority to build an access road to the Tema Motorway.

It said the move by Trasacco Valley, the estate developers, had compromised safety rules and regulations and had put the lives of many motorists on the motorway in danger.

A statement signed by the Minority Ranking Member on Transportation, Mr Amid Seidu, said the justification by the GHA that the access road was temporary and meant to provide service to high profile dignitaries who would reside in the adjoining commercial properties was unacceptable.

“We are, therefore, by this statement, urging the acting Minister for Transport to immediately intervene to stop the construction of the illegal and dangerous access road to avert any disruption of smooth flow of traffic and loss of lives as a result of accidents on the motorway”, it said.

The statement said the motorway was designed and built under the principle of controlled access, as an essential factor in providing maximum safety and unimpeded traffic flow.

It said provision was not made for drive-ways from homes, offices and commercial establishments to directly connect the motorway and added that the grade separations on the motorway were made for cattle crossing and not for access to vehicular traffic.

The statement also called on the minister to ensure that “single-men contractors engaged in grass slashing do not continue to burn the shrubs and flowers in the median of the motorway in order to maintain a desirable and attractive landscape”.