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Construction works delaying on Dome, Ofankor road

By Naa Betty Nelson - Ghanaian Chronicle

As the former government has made efforts to improve upon the road networks in the city of Accra, contractors in charge of construction works are delaying, and this has created immeasurable inconveniences for road users, both motorists and pedestrians, who ply those routes.

The Accra File has taken note of some of these roads under construction, and the Achimota-Dome-Ofankor highway is one, where road users complain about the dust and the undulating/rough condition of the road.

Some even said some parts of the roads are completely blocked, compelling them to join a single lane road.

Pedestrians and nearby resident also complain about the health hazards of the dust from the road and the effects on children and adults alike.

The Accra File was on the Ofankor road last Friday, when a tipper truck loaded with sacks of maize fell due to the undulating nature of the road, and held up traffic for hours.

A fuel tanker, which was also in the other lane, in also trying to avoid the holdup, switched lanes and in the process fell on top of the tipper truck, thereby worsening the situation.

Surprisingly, there were no police personnel to redirect the traffic and sort out the ensuing confusion.

In an interview with some drivers, especially the commercial drivers, they said haven't had any peace since the construction work began.

They said business was slow, especially from the Mile 7 junction to Dome.

They said due to the construction works, passengers do not have a bus stop where they can stand and wait for the vehicles, and rather go to the Achimota or Dome stations.

This they said is because there were certain stops on the roads where their passengers stood to board their vehicles, but those place have been demolished and up to date the contractors have not completed the work, or given them any alternatives.

The drivers are therefore calling on the current government to intervene in the situation, because it is getting out of hand.

The Accra File is urging the contractors to speed up their work in order to allow the free flow of vehicles.