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Drivers, passengers bemoan state of Kasoa-Tuba road after downpour; demand urgent action

Drivers who use the Kasoa Toll booth stretch were left stranded on Monday morning as they spent hours in traffic as a result of the gridlock on the road.

Some pedestrian were left with no option than to trek to their destinations as commercial vehicles refused to use the stretch for fear of being in traffic for long.

This is a result of the heaps of sand that had been washed onto the highway as a result of the rains.

Earlier on Saturday the human security department of the Ministry of National Security began clearing the debris on the Atala section of the highway to make way for easy movement.

However, today’s early morning rains have brought heaps of sand back on the stretch further worsening the situation.

A passenger who gave his name as Ben Ahmed indicated that “No vehicle wants to pick us up since we got here at 7 am because they don’t want to use that route. I tried ordering for a ride, but none came until this good Samaritan passed by. This is very serious and has to be fixed. The government needs to be responsible because this is a major road that is used by high-ranking personalities to the West so fixing it is crucial.”

Issa Zakari said “We are pleading with the government to construct a bridge under which the water can pass into the Weija Dam. Immediately it rains, you can use the other side to Accra, so we all had to use the road facing Kasoa. This is very frustrating because, at times, we spend between two and three hours due to the traffic.”

“We need an overhead bridge like what has been done at Circle so that when water is coming from the hills it can run into the dam. Friday’s situation was very appalling, there was heavy traffic. Even an 18-year-old died at SCC because of the rain. It was the same yesterday, even this morning. This is an ECOWAS highway, it is not an inner city road, so it is very bad. The government has to urgently do something about it. It is no human activity that is contributing to this. We have faced this problem since six to seven years ago.”