For the past month, the stress and frustration plying the Kojokrom-Fijai stretch on the N1 highway (Takoradi- Cape Coast) is just one a resident of Sekondi-Takoradi will describe as the new ‘NORM’.

Yes! You thought this narrative is limited to COVID-19? Laughable!!

You risk spending more than half an hour in a dense traffic- from morning till evening.

The heat from exhaust and the honking from vehicle in the traffic will give you a hell of day you will never forget.

What’s causing this?

The Ketan Junction- Nkroful Junction has developed serious defect. I described as ‘Road Craters’ growing in the heart of this road. At the slightest rain drop, a pool of water fills it making it practically impossible for smaller vehicles to walk through.

The traffic at night
Traffic at day time

But this did not just happen overnight. It started with some few ruts- but city authorities remained adamant to the complaints until it escalated to this state.

Now the rains are in and it’s quiet unbearable. A road construction company; Asabea Engineering has been awarded a contract to construct drains along the shoulders of the road but this is taking so much time.

Aggregates have been deposited at the shoulders of the road but this has further worsened the situation.

I just don’t want to continue ranting…

With such construction going on and the urgency with which such works ought to be completed requires some innovation.

Traffic can be diverted at the Fijai Junction for Cape Coast/Accra bound vehicles, through to Ketan Junction or Sekco Junction. The Takoradi bound vehicle can also use the same route…at least for the new three days whiles authorities impress on the contractor to speed up work on the road.

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