Drivers, commuters complain about heavy traffic on Accra-Nsawam road

Mr. Kwasi Amoako-Atta, Minister of Roads and HighwaysCommercial drivers and commuters plying the Accra-Nsawam Road are getting worried over the increasing vehicular traffic on the Accra-Nsawam stretch of road, particularly at the ACP Junction and Pokuase sections.
They, have, therefore appealed to government to expedite action on the construction of an interchange at the Pokuase to ease the heavy vehicular traffic on the road.
Some of the drivers and commuters, who spoke in an interview with The Ghanaian Times at Pokuase, in Accra yesterday, expressed concern about the long hours they spend before getting to their various destinations, especially in the morning and evening.
While some of the commercial drivers say the heavy vehicular traffic was affecting their ability to meet their daily sales, commuters complain of getting to office and home late.
Yaw Ansah, a trotro driver said that it took more than two-hours to travel from Accra to Nsawam, which he said was just a 40-minute drive.
He said the traffic situation on the 37-kilometre road was always heavy in the morning and evening on the week days and thus he could not meet his daily sales.
“Drivers plying Accra-Nsawam road are suffering. We find it difficult to meet our sales target due to the traffic on the stretch of road,” Mr. Ansah said.
Paul Tetteh, a trotro driver said it was becoming increasingly frustrating to drive on the Accra-Nsawam road.
“Aside from the long hours we spend on the road, we also spend so much on fuel,” he said, adding that “the huge amount we spend on fuel eats away our sales.”
Mr. Tetteh, expressed qualms that the introduction of the Mass Rapid Bus System was going to worsen the traffic situation on the road.
Kofi Amisah, another trotro driver on the Accra-Nsawam pleaded with the current government not to abandon the project to construct an interchange at Pokuase.
He said drivers and commuters on a daily basis go through hell to travel from Accra to Nsawam.
“We the drivers and commuters on the Accra-Nsawam road will ever be grateful to the government if it constructs the Pokuase interchange, like the one which has been constructed at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, popularly referred to as Circle Dubai,” Mr. Amisah said.
A commuter, Yaw Sarpong, said it was becoming frustrating to travel on the Accra-Nsawam Road, saying “how can one spend two hours for a forty-minute journey.”
“It’s stressful to travel to and from work on the Accra-Nsawam road. I leave home early and get back late due to traffic on the road. I’ve regretted relocating to this part of the city,” he said.
Another commuter, Florence Mensah, also said, she always got home late.
That, she said, was taking a great toll on her health and affecting her social life and interaction with her children.
“My children hardly see my face during the week days because I leave home early when the are not awake and get back home late when they are asleep,” she said.
Mrs. Mensah appealed to government to provide alternative route while efforts were being made to start work on the Pokuase interchange to address the traffic situation on the road.
The previous government planned to construct an interchange at Pokuase to address the heavy vehicular traffic on the road.
Another objective of the interchange was to link the Pokuase-Awoshie road to the Accra-Nsawam main stretch to facilitate road transport to and from Accra to Nsawam and Pokuase to Awoshie and its environs.
Consequently, the previous government signed an $83-million-loan agreement with the African Development Bank to finance the project.
The $94-million project, which the government is to provide $11 million counterpart funding, is expected to start in the first quarter of this year and completed within 36 months.

From Kingsley Asare, Pokuase

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