Kaneshie First Light overhead bridge closed down
By Bernice Bessey
The Accra file wants to commend the Ghana Highways Authority for closing down the Kaneshie First Light overhead bridge to save lives.
The bridge, for the past few months, has been a danger because of its dilapidated state.
Some pedestrians, who feared to use the bridge, have had to cross the road dangerously, because to them the journey to the second overhead was too far.
The bridge, although over the years had received some renovation, it continued to deteriorate due to the activities of hawkers and traders on it, resulting on undue pressure being brought upon it.
During a visit by the file before it was closed, it was noticed that the concrete slabs had loosened, resulting in dangerous vibrations when vehicles pass beneath it.
Due to the closure of the first overhead footbridge, pressure is now on the second one, which has started developing holes in the concrete slabs, but yet traders and hawkers still continue with their activities on it.
Sometimes pedestrians become frustrated with the manner in which these traders and hawkers display their wares, causing inconveniences to human traffic on the overhead bridge.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the Kaneshie Market Authority, and the Ghana Highways Authority should work to prevent the illegal trading activities on the bridge, in order to stop frustrated pedestrians from crossing the highway hazardously.
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