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Maintenace works on old Winneba road as alternative to flood-prone Weija-SCC road begin

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The Ga South Municipal Roads Engineer, Dr. Daniel Sowah, has revealed that a contractor is presently engaged in maintenance activities on the Old Winneba Road.

This effort serves as an alternative route to the flood-prone SCC–Weija–Old Barrier sandy silt route, with the goal of alleviating flooding along the Mallam-Kasoa Highway.

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The maintenance works are intended to redirect traffic to the Old Winneba road during periods of flooding along the SCC–Weija–Old barrier section of the national highway in Accra.

The N1 highway corridor, which links Greater Accra to Kasoa in the Central Region, is regularly plagued by traffic congestion during rainy seasons.

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The municipal roads engineer attributed the persistent floods on the highway to the loss of vegetation, largely due to extensive concrete building constructions in the area, particularly on the surrounding hills.

In an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show, on Tuesday, Dr Sowah said, “It is a result of erosion, anytime it rains, it washes the surface of the soil. Remember, everybody is building in Accra. Hitherto, all those areas were covered with vegetation but now there is construction going on all over. You cut the surface of the soil and you lose the texture…, anytime it rains, it [soil] is just at the mercy of the water and it comes down.”

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Dr. Sowah further stated that the immediate engineering solution to the problem is the construction of a storm drain in the area, a project that has already commenced.

“There are gutters but not enough and we are now constructing a storm drain at Baba Dogo to contain the water, and it will lead the water to the Sunda Factory area and around the Old Melcom, we are also working on another drain to help with the situation,” the municipal engineer added.

Following a downpour around 4 pm on Monday, May 13, commuters were left stranded as vehicular traffic persisted into Tuesday morning.

Residents had to wade through the floodwaters to reach their homes. The traffic congestion was caused by silt washed onto the road by the rain, obstructing both sides of the road.

Additionally, several vehicles had broken down along the stretch, further exacerbating the situation.

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