Authorities of the Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA) are studying the challenges associated with the George Walker Bush (GWB) Motorway to forestall further accidents.
This is because barely two weeks after it was inaugurated, 12 people have lost their lives on the highway.
As a result, there is the need for more foot bridges to be constructed particularly at Abeka-Lapaz and Apenkwa junction as well as provide more road signs.
Mr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuje, Mayor of Accra disclosed this yesterday when he toured the Accra belt line to identify some of the issues associated with the use of the major roads and to ensure that there is safety on the belt line.
The Accra belt line refers to the road that links Mallam Junction through to Sakaman to Obestebi roundabout, through to Kwame Nkrumah Circle, to Ako Adjei Junction through to the Independence Avenue, to 37, through airport, to Tetteh Quarshie, to Apenkwa Junction to Lapaz then back to Mallam Junction.
He was accompanied by the officials from the National Road Safety Commission, the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) and the Ghana Fire Service.
He identified that the haphazard manner in which drivers, especially commercial drivers packed their vehicles along the Accra belt line was the major cause of the congestion in the metropolis and stressed the need for the police MTTU and the AMA task force to tow such vehicles away.
“We need to do that to allow for the free flow of traffic from the N1 through to the other linking roads”, he said.
With regard to the attitude of commuters on the road, Mr. Vanderpuje noted that their refusal to use foot bridges was partly to blame for their being knocked down by moving vehicles.
Some recalcitrant drivers who attempted to cross the highway right under the footbridges were arrested but later released while two drivers had their vehicles being towed away for wrongful parking.
He also described as very worrying the attitude of some of the traders who have virtually taken over the reserves along the motorway, saying it does not help in anyway.