footbridge

The disability-friendly bridge, funded through an Austrian Government support, was meant to end frequent pedestrian knock-downs at the KNUST-Junction and to also facilitate free vehicular flow.

The dual-purpose for which the project erected to service is however being defeated as many people continue to take the risk of crossing the highway without using the bridge – forcing drivers to stop for them and thereby clogging the road with bumper-to-bumper traffic.

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Mr. Atta Agyemang, a resident of the Ayigya Zongo, attributed the decision by many not to use the facility to the way the structure had been designed.

He complained to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that it was “too tall’ and that this made some of them to “feel tired and dizzy any time they climb it”.

His position was shared by Ms. Asibi Nsor, a vegetables seller, who operates her business right under the bridge.

She claimed that like many others with problem with acrophobia, she could simply not imagine walking on the bridge.

Mr. Bukari Azure, a driver, expressed worry about what was happening and called for the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) and the police to act firmly to get the pedestrians to do the right thing.

They must be forced to make use of the footbridge, something, he said was for their own safety.

Mr. Samuel Obeng Asiamah, the Ashanti Regional Manager of the NRSC, said steps had been taken to stop pedestrians from disregarding road traffic laws and regulations.

He spoke of the decision by the Ghana Highways Authority and the Department of Urban Roads to erect a long metal fence to force everybody to use the footbridge, adding that, the job had already been awarded on contract.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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