Highway Authory prepares to close part of Ayi-Mensah road

The Ghana Highway Authority is putting efforts in place to ensure a successful closure of part of the Ayi-Mensah-Peduase road.

The Southbound Carriageway of the road will be closed to traffic from tomorrow, [Monday], June 27, the Ghana Highway Authority has announced.

According to them, the closure is to “allow for the slope repair works on the rockface.”

An earlier statement had announced that the stretch would be closed for five months from last Wednesday, June 22 to November 19, 2016.

“The Ghana Highway Authority announces for the information of motorists that the southbound lane i.e the lane from the Peduase Lodge to Ayi Mensah on the Accra-Aburi Road would be closed to vehicular traffic for five months.”

However, the date for the closure was pushed back and will now take effect on Monday. The Highway Authority has said that measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of road users as work on the stretch commences.

“Temporary traffic control measures, public information and transportation operation (as well as enforcement) strategies are being deployed to ensure the safe passage of traffic on project road during daylight hours and nighttime.”

The Ayi-Mensah- Peduase road The road which runs along the Aburi hills, connects Accra to the Eastern Region. However, recent motor accidents on the stretch, many of them associated with falling rocks from the hills have become a major concern.

Observers have even suggested that the hill may give way soon if immediate steps are not taken to address the problem.

The contractor tasked to work on the project is expected to stabilise the slope and halt the fall of rocks, which now pose a danger to the travelling public, particularly vehicles on the Aburi-Accra section of the road.

The Deputy Chief Executive of the GHA in charge of Development, Mr. Fred Joe Peseo, had earlier said the Greater Accra Regional Office of the GHA was monitoring the situation so that it could move in to clear the debris of rocks that might fall on the main carriageway.

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