Work to begin on Madina-Adentan footbridges next week after massive protest

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Work is to commence on the uncompleted footbridges on the Madina-Adenta highway from next week following the recent spate of fatalities, the government has said.

“Work is to be done on an accelerated basis with multiple contractors to ensure quick completion,” a statement from the inter-ministerial Committee on Roads and Highways, Transport and Interior stated.

The statement added that “this is in accordance with already commenced processes prior to the unfortunate incident that occurred on Thursday.”
A student of the West African Senior High School at Adenta is feared dead after she became the latest to be hit by a car on the highway on Thursday afternoon.
Like a number of the fatalities, she was trying to cross the highway.

In the meantime, the statement said “the MTTD [Motor Traffic and Transport Department] of the Ghana Police Service has deployed men on the stretch to enforce the relevant road traffic regulations on speeding limits.”

“Traffic signal lights and street lighting are also to be fixed to improve visibility on the corridor,” it added.

The police have however been condemned for manhandling some of the protesters.
Over 190 people have been knocked down on the stretch in 2018.

Residents have intensified protests over the lack of footbridges on the road in recent times following multiple deaths in the past week.
After the Thursday accident, residents blocked the road and set fire to tyres.

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