Patching of Tema Motorway begins

Patching of Tema Motorway begins

Contractors have begun patching the potholes on the 19-kilometer Accra-Tema Motorway.

As of Wednesday afternoon, workers could be seen patching the potholes with bitumen materials.

The Graphic Online reports that the project is estimated at GH¢2.4 million and is being carried out by Sesecom Limited.

Patching of Tema Motorway begins

Some patched portions on the motorway. Source: Graphiconline.com
Source: UGC

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Though the Motorway is laid with concrete, the workers were spotted rather using bitumen to seal the potholes.

The patching of the road led to a traffic jam that stretched over four kilometres on the Accra-bound section of the motorway.

Struggling passengers and motorists wondered why the patching was being done during rush hours.

The patching of the potholes on the motorway comes following serious protests by motorists about the state of the road.

In recent weeks, some drivers even opted not to pay their tolls until the potholes on the road are fixed.

This appears to have sparked the government into action, however, the use of bitumen, rather than concrete, for the patching has not enthused many people.

The Accra-Tema Motorway is the busiest highway in Ghana and connects the country to neighbouring countries like Burkina Faso, Togo and Nigeria.

It is estimated that about 35,000 cars pay tolls daily to use the route and that generates about GHc40,000 daily or GHc14.6 million annually.

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Meanwhile, dancehall sensation Stonebwoy who is currently on a campaign against motor accidents, said the government must begin to show more concern for citizens.

Speaking on Citi TV’s ‘Hall of Fame’ show, the artiste said Ghana has already lost many good people to road accidents and that must stop.

Stonebwoy believes the monies drivers pay as tolls should be used to fix the deplorable roads and questioned what those monies are actually being used for.

You know everything becomes politicised when it comes to people like myself but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t voice out to push the people in power to actually address these issues because I can take it all the way to Terry Boncha, Suzzie Williams and all,” he said.

We all know how the state in which the Tema motorway is. We have to fix it. Because every time they take tolls from us. The ordinary man knows that they make a lot of money from the tolls but where does the money go?

Stonebwoy himself was an accident victim on the Tema Motorway, where he unfortunately lost his twin brother and nearly got his leg amputated too.

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