Following reports of a looming disaster of a falling boulder on a portion of the Aburi-Accra highway along the sharp curve heading towards Accra on Class FM, the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) has finally responded with an announcement to resolve the issue.
In a press release issued by the Chief Executive, the authority said there would be a closure of the south-bound road from the Peduase Lodge to Ayi Mensah.
That section of the road will be inaccessible to motorists for five months as engineers find solutions to deal with the imminent danger.
“The lane would be closed at 6:00am on Wednesday 22nd June, 2016, till 19th November, 2016,” the statement indicated.
“As an alternative, motorists may also use the Kitase-Berekuso road.”
Authorities pleaded with the public to cooperate with the directive in order for engineers to start repair works on that section of the scarp.
“Motorists are kindly advised to co-operate with the traffic wardens at the Ayi Mensah and Peduase ends of the road and also follow directional signs that would be placed along the route to ensure safe execution of the works,” the statement added.
It would be recalled that the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) closed, temporarily, one side of the road to traffic, as a precaution against the imminent fall of a dislocated boulder in January this year.
The design-and-build contract was awarded to CST Ghana in the latter part of 2015, with sources indicating that the project was expected to end by July this year.
However, six months after it was awarded, nothing has been done to address the issue, a situation that has left the threat of falling boulders persisting.
Class FM’s Ridwan Karim Dini Osman, who visited the scene on Monday 6 June 2016, reported that the section of the mountain with the boulder consists of sedimentary rocks with visible cracks. He says particles of the rock are wearing off as residue can be seen just below the mountain.
According to him, water was gushing out from the base of the mountain, which could weaken that section, making it easier for the boulder to tumble to the streets. He said the size of the boulder could block both lanes of the highway, should it fall, which would make it impossible for motorists to use the road.
He also revealed that road signs had been placed at the junction to warn motorists of the situation, but judging from the inscription, it did not look like a warning sign from the Ministry of Roads and Highways, but from a company which did so out of benevolence.
He explained that the signs had no reflectors, making them invisible at night, while drivers were not even complying with the warning to drive in the outer lane.