N1 highway safety enhancement reduces crashes, fatalities 

Road crashes and fatalities at the Lapaz intersection on the N1 highway in Accra has reduced drastically due to the road safety enhancement works in the area, Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has stated.


According to him, records from the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department indicate that road crashes at the Lapaz intersection had reduced from 16 to 5 per cent.


Mr. Sowah said at the commissioning of the Road Safety Enhancement Works at the Lapaz intersection on Friday that due to the high pedestrian volumes recorded at the intersection, it was prudent to protect pedestrians from road crashes and fatalities, hence, the enhancement works.


The enhancement works, which were carried out, with support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Partnership for Health Cities (PHC), forms part of efforts by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to enhance pedestrian safety in the city as well as reduce road crashes and fatalities at the intersection to its barest minimum.


The works include; increasing of pedestrian signal timing from 18 to 42 seconds, lowering kerbs at pedestrian crossings, narrowing of lane widths, widening of median refuge, replacement of damaged signals and crash barriers as well as remarking of pedestrian crossings and other pavement markings.


“We have widened the medians to accommodate more pedestrians before crossing the entire 14 lane, traffic signal for pedestrians which used to be 18 seconds has now been increased to 42 seconds. The kerbs have also been lowered to enable people who use wheel chairs and other physically challenged persons to cross this intersection with ease,” he indicated.


He recalled that the AMA with support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road safety (BIGRS) had recently presented some reflective cones, lighting batons, reflective vests, directional and instructive signage and gloves to the Accra Central MTTD to complement the department’s efforts in bringing sanity on the road in order to reduce road crashes and fatalities in the city.


Mr Sowah expressed appreciation to the Ghana Highway Authority, Department of Urban Roads and all those who assisted to ensure a successful completion of works and appealed pedestrians, drivers and other road users to always obey road traffic regulations to prevent any eventuality.


The Okaikoi North Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Boye Laryea, commended the AMA-BIGRS and PHC for the enhancement works and was hopeful that it would help to reduce road crashes and fatalities at the intersection.


ISD: Gilbert Nii Ankrah

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