Minister Orders Removal of Parked Trucks Along Tema Motorway
The Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr Kwesi Amoako-Atta, has requested the prompt expulsion of trailer trucks parked on the shoulders of the Tema-bound stretch of the Accra-Tema Motorway. As per the Minister, the trucks, frequently stacked with packs of cocoa beans, hinder traffic flow and endanger the lives of drivers.
After an assessment of continuous works at the stretch with a few authorities from the Highway Authority, the Minister guided the Authority to erect signposts to alert truck drivers against parking near the toll booth.
“There are trailers in front of the toll booth, causing confusion here. It will not be tolerated, that is why I have directed the Chief Executive of the Highways Authority to put sign posts here from Wednesday. No articulated truck should park here. Look at the number of vehicles that go through the toll booth and if more than 10 trucks arrive here, they take about 2 or 3 lanes,” he said.
The Accra-Tema motorway is a major road interfacing with the Eastern piece of the nation. The 19-kilometer solid stretch has been in a regrettable state for quite a while as it has not seen any major renovation since it was built.
It has created expanding potholes with steel fortifications gravely uncovered, presenting genuine dangers to drivers.
In the interim, the Greater Accra Regional Director of the Highway Authority, Ing. Lawrence Lloyd Lankwei Lamptey who was part of the appointment neglected to give explicit answers about the when broken streetlights along the motorway will be fixed.
“We are working on it. That is what I can say now. It is being worked on, we are procuring for the contractor to come and replace what has been brought down. Hopefully, the street lights will be fixed before the end of the year.”
He, in any case, demonstrated that fixing of the potholes on the motorway is around 80 percent finished.