People living close to the damaged footbridge at Kasapeen Ahafo have called on the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) to, as soon as possible, fix the bridge to forestall any mishap from happening.
They described the state of the bridge as dangerous and a threat to life.
According to UNCONFIRMED reports, the footbridge got damaged when it was hit by a truck the last couple of time ago.
Some of the residents also claimed that some damage was done to the footbridge last December by some overloaded trucks and called on the Ghana Highways Authority ‘GHA’ to carry out regular maintenance works on footbridges across the country and also strictly enforce the axle load regime.
Mr. Kodjo Boasiako, who claimed to be present when the footbridge was damaged last Later part of last year, told WadataOnline that a truck carrying cocoa from Ahafo towards the Western Part of Ghana caused the damage.
He said the driver of the truck bolted after the incident.
A taxi driver, Mr. Sampson Agyiri, also complained about the state of the bridge and questioned the kind of materials used in constructing it.
A trader who gave her name only as Aisha complained to WadataOnline that while it was not safe for her to use the bridge, crossing the road was equally dangerous.
When WadataOnline examined the footbridge, it was seen that many of the concrete and metal beams slabs on it were broken and worn out and there were cracks in the middle of the bridge and it poses a serious threat to the citizens on the main road linking Ahafo and Western region.
Meanwhile, the GHA, in a statement issued earlier last year, said it would soon be repaired as “a contractor is presently mobilizing to execute the works”, adding that the works would be completed in two weeks.
It assured the public that the current state of the footbridge posed no risk to public safety.
Source: WadataOnline.com/Issah Abubakar