- The Accra-Tema motorway was built in 1964 under Kwame Nkrumah’s government to link Tema to the national capital
- It is estimated that between 57,000 and 89,000 vehicles use the highway daily
The 19-kilometre stretch Tema Motorway links Accra with Ghana's industrial and manufacturing hub, Tema.
It was one of the numerous prestigious projects conceived and built by the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
But in recent times, the freeway has been plagued by severe and deadly motor accidents .
The accidents on the Motorway has led the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) in conducting a survey. The survey revealed that the poor urban planning and meagre design development have led to the tragic deaths on the highway.
According to the Executive Director for the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS), Nana Yaw Akwada , government must as a matter of urgency reclassify the motorway to reflect as an urban highway.
YEN.com.gh looks at four disturbing developments on the Motorway and its environs which causes accidents and deaths.
1. Vehicles crossing the motorway daily
The BPS research revealed that in for example over 65,000 vehicles cross the motorway on a daily basis and this is one of the main causes of accident on he motorway.
2. Poor supervision
Poor supervision by authorities is one of the reasons for accidents on the motorway. The BPS says the non-adherence to lack of adherence to road safety regulations and ineffective supervision by appropriate authorities on the use of the supposed motorway.
The gaping holes on the motorway have led to numerous accidents leading to deaths and disabilities. It led to some road users boycotting the payment of tolls in November 2018.
4. No streetlights
At least some 168 poles mounted on the Accra-Tema motorway have no functioning lights.
This makes the 19-kilometre stretch road one of the most dangerous to travel on during dark hours because the visibility of motorists is limited to how far their vehicle lights can reach.
And has led to numerous accidents as well.
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