Saturday , April 13 2024

KASOA ON THE PATH TO ‘FREEDOM’

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Residents of Kasoa and commuters who ply the N1 Highway that passes through the central Kasoa Township to Winneba are getting closer to their freedom from the heavy vehicular traffic which has become a nightmare to them.
The Kasoa traffic on a very busy day starts from the tollbooth at Tuba junction through to Buduburam and from Winneba through to Kasoa.
The journey from the tollbooth to Kasoa which is supposed to be a Ten minutes drive takes about forty-five minutes or even an hour and two hours or more from Winneba to Kasoa which is supposedly a thirty minutes drive.

Many budget statements of our governments contained plans to construct the Mallam-Yamoransa Road. In the late 1999, the Japanese government pledged a grant for the construction of that road.

But when the NDC government lost power in 2000 and the Kufuor administration went HIPC, there were fears that the project would never materialise. Nonetheless, the Japanese government decided to fund the project, despite the decision of the Kufuor administration to go HIPC.

The construction of that portion of the road compounded the traffic situation. However, when the road was completed in 2007, and with the relocation of the market along the Kasoa-Bawjiase road, it was a pleasure to travel on the road.

However, some six years after its construction, traffic has again choked the road following the rapid development of Kasoa and beyond and the completion of the George Walker Bush Highway.
However, with the Kasoa Interchange project and ancillary works which is ongoing and would be completed before the end of this year, the heavy vehicular traffic which do not only delay and frustrate travelers but also slows down businesses would be over.
PINKNEWS, in a tour to the site of the main interchange project yesterday, gathered that work is progressively and ongoing with the contractor laying the beams that would carry the roads on the main pillars.
This activity is likely to take two weeks and right after that the flyovers would also be done.
In an interview with Mr. Tuariq Amadu, PRO to the project, he said “Kasoa would soon be free from this vehicular traffic; the contractor is really working hard with his team and at a faster pace too”
He however wished to remind drivers of the closure of the main Kasoa road that leads to the site at every night between 10pm and 5am where the laying of the beams is been done.
He also assured of a very tight security provided by the police service to the workers during the night.
The Kasoa interchange which was been woefully criticized by the opposition after it was been proposed and commissioned starts from the Kasoa polyclinic (that is from Winneba) and ends at the Kasoa old market (that is from Accra).
After it’s completion the topographical nature of the town would change making the town beautiful and travelers will also get to their destination without any delay since there are other ancillary works like the Galilea flyover which would give an intersection to the Galilea market ensuring free flow of traffic and the Western bypass which serves as an alternative route to Accra, Nyanyano and Winneba.

The Western Bypass starts in the East(Accra side) after Ngleshie Amanfro Toll Booth, and on the West(Winneba side) about 1500 metres from Buduburam.

Story: Akwasi Addo, pinkfmonlinegh.com

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