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08.07.2009 Regional News

Tarkwa-Bogoso-Prestea road a death motorists appeal to gov`t to save situation

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CONCERNS have been raised over the deplorable state of the road linking Tarkwa, Bogoso and Prestea in the region by motorists and passengers plying the road.

Worst of it, is the road from Bogoso to Prestea, which has seen the once tarred road washed away by erosion, rendering it a feeder road, coupled with the attendant dust.

The road has developed cracks and big potholes, to the extent that a driver would have to exercise much caution in plying on the road, to avert an accident.

Though from Bogoso to Prestea is an hours drive, because of the severity of the potholes, coupled with the bad nature of the road itself, it takes one a two hour drive to the two aforementioned areas.

The road continues to be used due to the minor repairs being undertaken by some of the youth, who fill the potholes with clay and other soils.

Because of the severity of the potholes, these boys have taken advantage to fill them on a daily basis, and thus get their daily incomes from motorists who appreciate the work being done.

One of the drivers simply put it: “if it had not been the work of these boys, this road would have been unmotorable.” Interestingly, the three above-named towns are all gold mining towns, but the nature of their roads is poor to the extent that motorists hesitate in plying those areas.

Tarkwa to Bogoso attracts a fare of GH¢1.50 and from Bogoso to Prestea also a fare of GH¢1. Meanwhile, drivers and commuters who ply the road have appealed to the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Hon. Francis Adu Kwasi Blay, to do his best to lobby the government for the award of the road on contract for it to be re-tarred.

Currently, the road from Aboso Junction to Ayanfuri has been awarded on contract, and would soon see re-construction.

Meanwhile, Hon. Kwasi Blay has donated a sum of GH¢100 to residents of Ketepom to construct a footbridge in the area.

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