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Yapei and Buipe bridges closed amid fears of a major disaster



Looks like the problem is proving insolvable; deep cracks have once again emerged on Ghana’s  major economic trunk road linking the nation’s capital to northern Ghana and other West African countries.

The current state of the bridge has been described by government as dangerous; indeed, there are palpable fears that if measures are not taken to quickly find a solution, there could be a major disaster.

It must be pointed out that in the past, efforts have been made by government to resolve the problem. In February 2017, government spent a whopping 449,000 cedis on the Buipei bridge and in March of the same year, it spent another eyewatering 420,000 cedi on the Yapei bridge.

The minister for roads and highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta who visited the two bridges to officially close them expressed shock at the lastest cracks describing them as a national security issue.

“This is a national security issue and the government has made 4 million cedis available for the work to be done before the country witnesses any calamity,” Mr Kwasi said at Buipe after assessing the problem.

Highway officials say the work may take a month to complete and that they initially devised means to allow vehicles to pass during work but after the assessment they opted for a complete closure.

Project engineer, Mr Enron Amponsah explained that the speed of vehicles will be regulated and heavy duty vehicles will be guided by highway officials and police.

He expressed regret that the total closure of the road will inconvenience motorists and the travelling public.

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