13Aug

Final Phase Of Mallam Drainage Works To Worsen Traffic

Motorists who ply the Mallam-Kasoa road are expected to experience heavy vehicular traffic from today [Monday] as the final phase of the storm drainage construction takes off.

Engineers for the project have therefore appealed to road users to exercise patience and cooperate for a successful completion of the project which is expected to last for the next 3 days.

The construction work left many motorists and road users frustrated as they spent over an hour in an extremely slow-paced traffic.

The development, which is under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Assembly Sanitation Project is to end the perennial flooding within the area.

The Engineer for the Project, Gabriel Engman, in a Citi News interview appealed to motorists to bear with the team as they work diligently to complete the work on schedule.

He said they will work deep in the night as well when there’s less vehicular movement.

“Work will be done in the night starting from 10pm to the morning and we hope that latest by 8am in the morning we will be done. So we want to appeal to all road users to be cautious and slow down in that area because work will be ongoing. We anticipate that in the next 3 nights, this work shall be completed and traffic shall resume to its normal state.

The Ghana Highway Authority in April 2018 announced the diversion of traffic on the Mallam-Kasoa road to pave way for the drainage construction works in the area.

The entire construction work, was to last for 50 days comes at a cost of GHS 6 million.

The drainage construction is a project under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project, and the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.

The GAMA Sanitation and Water project is a $150 million endeavour sponsored by the World Bank with the collaboration of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources to help lower income level communities have access to affordable toilet and water facilities.

The project, which took effect August 2014, and is expected to end in July 2018, also seeks to strengthen the management of environmental sanitation in the GAMA.

The components of the project include the provision of environmental sanitation and water supply services to priority low-income areas of the GAMA projected at $31.5 million, the improvement and expansion of the water distribution network in the GAMA and the planning at $48.1 million, the improvement and expansion of GAMA-wide environmental sanitation services budgeted at $34 million, and institutional strengthening, with $20.1 million earmarked for that part.

Source: Citinewsroom.com

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