TACKLING THE KASOA TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE

THE Kasoa highway has, over the years, proved to be a nightmare commuter road for those who use it.

Those who use the road regularly must be going through hell, as they travel on this access route from Accra to the Central and Western parts of the country.

The heavy vehicular traffic on this road is not limited to weekdays, weekends or any bad day when an accident occurs resulting in a traffic jam.

Traversing this road to and from the areas around Kasoa, has become not only a nightmare, but a huge loss of man hours for the motorists.

The popular joke recently is that the number of hours one has to travel from Takoradi to Accra, is much less than the hours one has to spend in traffic at Kasoa.

This is how users of this corridor have been exposed to, with an attendant nightmare.

What is even worse is that, street vendors have taken over a large portion of the road and doing brisk business.

Besides, drivers of both small and heavy duty vehicles continue to park on the shoulders of the road, thus worsening the traffic jam and creating an unnecessary confusion.

This state of affairs continues to be a major headache for both motorists and passengers.

The traffic jam at Kasoa is not a new phenomenon. However, the situation continues to worsen day after day with no clear-cut solution.

Thankfully, the interchange project scheduled to take off next month, will to a large extent, ease the congestion in the area.

Under the auspices of the Urban Roads, the project, is expected to be carried out by the Brazilian firm, Queiroz Galvao, currently working on the Kwame Nkrumah Circle interchange.

When completed, the heavy traffic from Accra to Winneba, is expected to be carried over the main highway, to provide convenient and alternative routes for road users traveling through Kasoa to other parts of the country.

According to the project engineer, the interchange would be a comprehensive solution to the traffic situation, and is expected to have a three-tier interchange and a 6.3 kilometre road linking Accra to Cape Coast.

It is the hope of The Times that, the project would start as scheduled, so that the nightmarish experience by motorists and passengers would come to an end.

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