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N1 Highway: A killer road or a dog given a bad name?
From: Ghana l Myjoyonline.com/David Andoh          Published On: February 20, 2013, 9:52 GMT
 
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N1 Highway: A killer road or a dog given a bad name?

The construction of 47.1 kilometer three-lane dual carriageway with funding from the Millennium Development Corporation of the United State of America was meant to eliminate the endemic traffic congestion on Tetteh Quarshie - Mallam Junction road.

The road was designed speed up free vehicular movement on the busy road linking the port city of Tema and the Central Region.

Barely a year after the road was commissioned, however, it has earned the reputation for accidents and their attendant deaths rather than for traffic easement.

Accidents on the highway have claimed over 70 lives so far; many were pedestrians crushed by speeding vehicles crossing the road mostly, at Abeka Lapaz intersection.

Amongst the pedestrian casualties is an 11-year-old school girl.

Her death angered the youth in the Abeka Lapaz area who blocked the high way with stones, tree stamps and concrete slabs. They accused the designers and the contractors who built the road of not making adequate provisions to ensure the safety of pedestrians.


N1 Highway: A killer road or a dog given a bad name?

Whilst they may have a point, (the Abeka Lapaz section should have had an overpass) a cursory look would indicate to anybody that many of the accidents result from the total disregard for basic road safety regulations by both motorists and pedestrians.

Speeding, stopping at No Parking locations, jumping of red traffic lights, and jaywalking, are some of the regular offenses which have led to the many accidents on the highway.

Click here to see photographs from the N1 Highway.


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