Roads Minister receives report of Ministerial Committees on Road Safety and Congestion

The Minister of Roads and Highways, Hon. Kwasi Amoako-Attah, has received the reports of the Ministerial Committees on Road Safety and congestion at the Ministry, in Accra.

The Report recommended the enforcement of existing traffic laws, regulations and MMDAs by laws, development of requisite policies, infrastructure and regulations for teleworking, flexible working hours, provision of intelligent technology infrastructure to coordinate and optimize existing 235 traffic signals in GAMA and the evaluation and implementation of infrastructure schemes to relieve congestion.

Other recommendations include the need to support MMDAs to develop pleasant town and commercial centers away from the trunk road network and the need for Ghana Highway Authority to enforce access control on the trunk road network and install underpasses in towns to aid pedestrians to cross and vehicles to make left and U-turn maneuvers.

In March this year, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon. Kwesi Amoako-Attah commissioned the committees for road contractor classification, road safety improvement and congestion to study and make recommendations on three critical issues affecting the road sector of Ghana.

The road safety committee was tasked to identify and prioritize hazardous spots and recommend remedial measures on the trunk, urban and feeder road network, review the use of Speed Calming Devices (SCDs) on the roads and guide to resolve any other safety challenges on the roads in line with Pillar II of the 2nd Decade of Action (DOA) for Road Safety that provides for Safer Roads and Mobility.

The Committee for Congestion was tasked to identify the causes of congestion on the road network and recommend efficient and innovative solutions to relieve the populace of the stress and the losses associated with congestion in the short, medium to the long term.

Receiving the reports, Hon. Kwesi Amoako-Attah said he agrees with all the recommendations submitted by the committees.

He expressed his dismay at the over 11,000 speed calming devices, comprising speed tables, speed humps, rumble strips, jiggle bars that have been constructed on the road network with most of them below specification and hazardous to the travelling public.

The Minister also called for the training of contractors on safety to help them appreciate the necessity of budgeting appropriately for the safety devices for roads.

He assured the committees that the recommendations of the Report will be implemented to reduce congestion and improve travel time on Ghanaian roads.

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