Business News of Thursday, 14 December 2017
Residents of Accra’s plush Trasacco Valley, can now heave a sigh of relief after the Ghana Highways Authority granted them paid temporary access to the Tema Motorway on Thursday.
The residents had for several months complained about the lack of an approved route from the area to the Motorway, making it extremely difficult for them to commute from their homes to the Central Business District and other parts of the capital.
The only alternatives involve enduring hours of frustrating vehicular traffic through the East Legon tunnel or the road in front of Emmanuel Eye clinic.
But the Highways Authority in response to a petition from the residents of Trasacco Valley on the matter, have granted them temporary access to the Motorway which is to make their movement relatively easier and faster.
The swift response follows an intervention by the Citi Breakfast Show team, which recently tackled the issue widely from all angles on the show.
As part of the access route, the Ghana Highway Authority has since mounted a toll barrier to ensure easy entry and exit from the community.
The Officer in Charge of Operations for West Trasacco Residents Association, Lloyd Ashley, told Citi News that the residents will ensure that the temporary access is made permanent for the area.
“If you look at the network of roads within the environs, it can’t contain the traffic within the environs, that is why we were pleading for Urban Roads and Highways to open a route like this, and see whether it can be made legalized, unlike the illegality that it was in the past. It has been considered, and today we are happy that it has been opened with a toll booth so that residents and other commuters on this part of the road will pay before having access to the motorway,” he said.
“It is temporary, but with the engineer and the community, we are coming together to make it more accessible, redesign the whole thing to make the motorway safer and permanent,” he added.
While commending government for addressing their problem swiftly, Lloyd Ashley said the long-term plan is also to help motorists driving from Tema to Accra to easily exit the motorway at the new access route.
Drivers of salon cars will pay 50 pesewas, while drivers of SUVs pay GH¢ 1.00 to use the access route.