From Issah Alhassan, Kumasi THE MEMBER of Parliament for the Kwadaso Constituency, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has launched a community infrastructural initiative programme aimed at addressing the overwhelming road infrastructure challenges confronting commuters and drivers in the constituency.
The 13-day project is targeting the maintenance of nine major alternative roads within the community to help reduce traffic and vehicular congestion on the main Kumasi-Sunyani road.
The project would involve grading and reshaping of small roads that serve as alternative for drivers and passengers which are in deplorable conditions to help facilitate business activities.
It is being funded at the cost of GH¢13,000 from the MPs share of the Common Fund and was expected to commence on Monday January 13.
Amongst the roads that are expected to be repaired under the laudable initiative are Topre Road, Despite Road, Tanoso Market, Tanoso Station to Ceci Chop Bar Link and Atwima Takyiman roads.
Others are Ohwimase Pentecost erosion project, Siloam, Nwamase-Apire road and Denkyemuoso by-pass.
The Kwadaso Constituency, being the gateway to Kumasi, from the Western and Brong Ahafo Regions, is confronted with huge vehicular traffic challenges, a problem which has been exacerbated by delay in completion of the Sofoline interchange.
Many drivers are often compelled to use alternative roads because of the constant traffic, but this option has proven to be costly, because of the poor nature of these roads.
It was for this reason that the MP for the area, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, launched the programme to help maintain the roads and make them accessible to drivers and commuters.
The MP lamented during an inspection tour of some of the road sites that the dusty nature of the main road, resulting from the uncompleted interchange project has had huge health consequences on residents with many complaining about chest pains resulting from the excessive dust.
He bemoaned that several efforts to get the government to make funds available for completion of the project had proved futile.
Some drivers also expressed their frustrations during an interaction and called on the MP to put pressure on government to act swiftly so that work on the interchange can be completed on time.
Hon. Dr. Akoto observed that aside the negative health consequences; the poor nature of the road is also having serious economic repercussions on residents due to lack of free flow of traffic.
He, therefore, expressed the hope that the government would quickly make funds available to the Chinese firm for the speedy completion of the project.