One more footbridge on the Adentan-Madina highway has been completed and being used by pedestrians.
This brings to three the number of footbridges completed by the contractors.
The contractor has also installed rock gardens (rock stumps) under the footbridge to prevent people from mishandling the facility.
When Univers News visited the site, work on the outstanding footbridges at the Redco Flats, the Madina Zongo junction and the Atomic junction was progressing steadily.
Some pedestrians who spoke to Univers news upon arrival to the area indicated their delight for the completion of the footbridge. However, they could not hide their frustrations but lamented at how long the bridge is.
“I think is okay. They’ve done a good job. But I have a problem with the footbridge. It’s too long; I wish they could’ve done it like the one at Shiashi, that one is shorter.” A pedestrian lamented.
Another also stated that; “well this thing has not been easy. It’s really a very long journey. Walking all the way from that end to this end is very hectic. This is not easy at all. I don’t know why they have to construct something like this. They should have made it a bit easier for us to use it.”
One gentleman who was using the footbridge to patronize Societe Generale Ghana indicated that; “it is much safer now than before because now you don’t need to waste time to cross the road and you don’t need to be too careful when crossing. But the only challenge is that it is too long, they should’ve done slaps or steps for the able people because as you can see, this is meant for the disable and the able people, we can use the steps. But aside that it is great.” He stated.
Close to the end of 2018, residents of the Madina-Adenta area protested against the uncompleted footbridges on the N4 highway due to the rampant knockdown of pedestrians.
More than 190 deaths have reportedly occurred on the highway as pedestrians are forced to compete with speeding drivers to be able to cross to the other side of the road.
The last straw that broke Camel’s back was when a female student of WASS died on the spot when she was knocked down and killed by a taxi cab in front of the school.
The spontaneous reaction from the residents compelled the government to award the project to six new contractors to ensure early completion and to save motorists and pedestrians from further agony.
By: Nicholas Brown | Universnewsroom