The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako Atta, has inspected the progress of work on Madina-Adentan footbridges in Accra.
Three of the six footbridges have been completed while the remaining three are at various stages of completion. The minister, after the inspection, said he was satisfaction with the progress of work, expressing hope that the bridges would be completed before the end of June 2019.
He said the contractors working on the project are some of the "hardworking, honest and dedicated" ones in the country. "I have been assured by all of them that by the end of this month, all the six will be ready for use," the minister said.
Mr. Amoako Atta noted that there were minor works, such as landscaping and paving of the ground, to be done to make the footbridges human friendly. He also addressed public concerns that the footbridges are too long for pedestrians, thereby making it discomforting to use.
He said contrary to claims that it takes one several minute to across the footbridge, a test by the Ministry shows it takes about two minutes or less to across it. "These bridges have been specially designed," he said. "It is also disability friendly."
The minister also expressed concerns that despite the completion of three of the footbridges, pedestrians were not using them. He urged pedestrians to use the footbridges so as to avoid knockdowns.
The contract for the construction of the six footbridges was awarded in December 2018 following rampant motor accidents on the Madina-Adentan highway. According to the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, 24 people were killed by motorists on the highway between January and October 2018.
In a related development, Mr Amoako Atta and Takashi Otsuka, Japanese Minister for Land and Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, inspected works on the interchange being executed at Tema.
The $60 million interchange is to replace the roundabout to ease traffic on the Accra-Aflao highway and the Tema-Akosombo road which intercept each other at the Tema Motorway roundabout.
The project involves detailed engineering and construction of the roundabout into an interchange and other ancillary works, including drainage, pedestrian walkways and landscaping.
The project, which is expected to be completed in two years, is being executed by Japanese construction firm Messrs Shimizu-Dai Nippon Joint Venture. It is being funded with a grant by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).