Perennial flooding: Construction of underground drain at Kaneshie First Light begins

FOR the entire month of March 2019, the Kaneshie First Light portion of the Kaneshie-Winneba road will be closed for traffic to pave way for the construction of an...

FOR the entire month of March 2019, the Kaneshie First Light portion of the Kaneshie-Winneba road will be closed for traffic to pave way for the construction of an underground drain to prevent perennial flooding in the area. The project, which commenced on March 2, is expected to be completed by March 30 2019.

Briefing journalists last Thursday during an inspection tour, Ing Gabriel Engmann, in charge of Sanitation at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, said contractors would work day and night.

He advised the public, motorists, and pedestrians to observe diversion signs to avoid inconveniences.

It is a GH¢7 million World Bank funded project, under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP), being implemented by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources in collaboration with the Department of Urban Roads.

Consequently, motorists who wish to travel to Kaneshie First Light and beyond on the Winneba road would, in the meantime, use alternative routes to enhance traffic flow.

Ing Engmann said motorist from Kwame Nkrumah Interchange may divert through Feo Oyeo (Ghanaian Times) or Awudome roads onto the Nii Asere Ayittey Road behind Accra Academy School to get onto the Winneba road.

Likewise, motorists from Kaneshie Pamprom area may divert through Nii Teiko Din, Awudome road and other connecting roads onto the Winneba road.

Ing Engmann stated that those using the Graphic Road may divert onto the Ring Road West and other concerning roads and connect to the main road.

Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), said drain maintenance was part of the clean Accra agenda.

He noted that the drain would contain more water from Darkuman, Bubiashie and surrounding areas to prevent flooding during the rainy season.

He told journalists he was hopeful construction works on a number of drains in flood-prone areas would be completed next year.

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