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04 July 2017

Aburi Mountain road still closed; November repair deadline missed

After almost a year since its closure, the south-bound lane of the Aburi Mountains road in the Eastern region has still not been opened to motorists and commuters.

Residents told Joy New’s Favour Nunoo that contractors have failed to meet the five-month deadline given by the government.

The Ghana Highway Authority gave the contractors a November 19, deadline after work commenced on June 22, 2016.

Some of the residents said contractors stopped working some weeks before the election and had resumed working this year.

According to them, the contractors have stopped working again for close to three months now.

Though motorists were supposed to use the Berekusu-Kitase bypass as an alternative, they are complaining about the heavy traffic jam in the area as a result of the closed Aburi road.

They added that a five-minute journey previously can take about an hour now.

Other residents are also worried that the hexagonal wire mesh used to prevent the rocks from falling, cannot hold for long.

“The Aburi Mountain contains water and so the rocks will continue to fall as long as it rains”, one resident said.

He suggested that government should expand the road and leave some distance on the side of the mountain.

Motorists also called on government to deal with the situation. They pleaded that the work that quality work should be done so it last longer to avoid financial wastage. 

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