By Cecil Mensah
The National Roads Safety Commission (NRSC), the agency tasked to ensure road safety, has directed drivers on the KASOA -Accra road to reduce speed to thirty (30) Kilometers per an Hour (KPH) as part of the construction of an interchange to divert traffic on the road
The Commission, has appealed to all drivers, private and commercial to observe the road signs, when driving on that stretch of the road.
The Commission, was hopeful drivers will bear with the construction as diversions delay time when driving, especially on the highway.
The Executive Director of NRSC, Mrs May Obri Yeboah, gave these directives after officials of the Commission, paid a working visit to the construction site in Kasoa in the Central Region.
According to her, contractors working on the project to construct the interchange for the diversion of traffic on the main Accra – Kasoa road for the onward construction of an ultra modern shopping mall, have adhered to safety measures.
She maintained that the construction of the interchange, will not spoil the joy of driving on the road but create a side road for entering the mall if completed.
She said, the commission was impressed when it visited the area to audit work on the ongoing construction
She warned that the Commission henceforth, will not relent on its mandate to audit the construction of roads to take into cognizance the safety
She said the site visitation was part of the mandate of the commission but because there are no punitive actions for contractors who flout it, majority of them take the safety aspects of their construction for granted.
She explained that as part of this, the Commission was reviewing the National Roads Safety Act in collaboration with the Ministry of Roads and Highways to make it mandatory for all road contractors to factor the safety of pedestrians in the early days of construction.
She explained that non adherence to the safety of the pedestrians occurred in the construction of the fourteen kilometers George Walker Bush No Highway in Accra.
And that the commission was poised to nib this in the bud hence the visitation of the commission to the Accra-Madina-Patang road and the Burma Camp road to ascertain the safety needs of pedestrians.
She added that even though the commission made a last minute audit for safety in the construction of the road majority of the audits were not factored in the final analysis.
It was for this reason , she commended the contractor Messrs High brains limited , a wholly owned Ghanaians construction company for its proactive in briefing the commission ahead of the construction.