Abeka-Lapaz Residents Fume Over Mounted Giant Sign Post


By Cecil Mensah

Residents and commercial drivers at Abeka –Lapaz, a suburb of Accra, have described as needless the giant overhead signpost mounted at Nii Boi Town section of the George Walker Bush N1 Highway, linking Tetteh-Quarshie Round About to Mallam Junction.

A couple of days ago, workmen in their reflector vest were spotted busily breaking the concrete barricades in the middle of the highway at the section in front of the Access Bank, adjacent the Abeka –lapaz (Bambolino) branch of the Barclays Bank.

The road users, are questioning why they are no road signs to warn drivers on the road, when they are approaching the stop gap pedestrians crossing along the road.

According to the road users in the area, because they are no road signs mounted at vantage points on the highway, drivers speed when they are even nearing traffic lights, and the few pedestrian crossings along the road.

They told The Herald in an interaction that, only a week ago they woke up to see the giant overhead signpost mounted, only giving directions to drivers which way to go when driving on the highway four years after the road has been inaugurated.

The giant overhead signpost, had it metal railing painted in silver with a slab hanging on it, directing drivers which way to go when driving on the highway.

They contended that, if the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) has anything for the residents living in and around the highway, they should mount road signs to warn drivers to desist from the needless speeding on the 14.5 kilometres of road.

The George Walker Bush N1 Highway, has killed over one hundred pedestrians and road users, since it was inaugurated in 2012 by the late President, Prof John Evans Atta- Mills, after it had been constructed by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA).

The commercial drivers plying various destinations in the area, have further directed their anger at the mangers of the GHA for not doing enough to have the road signs mounted on the highway to help curb the rampant knocking of school children and innocent pedestrians using the highway.

According to them, the giant overhead signpost mounted on the road, was needless, and predicted that very soon careless drivers, would start running their vehicles into the metal railings of the overhead signpost.

They appealed to the GHA to turn their eye to the plights of pedestrians and road users in the area to save lives on the one of the busiest roads in the country.

However, checks by The Herald at the Road Safety Communication (NRSC), has indicated that, a portion of the Road Fund, has been earmarked to the GHA for the mounting of road signs on some of these major roads in the country.

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