Highway Authority begins replacing the stolen bolts in the highway tunnel.

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Last Saturday, workers from the Ghana Highway Authority‘s (GHA) Bridge Maintenance Unit began changing the bolts holding the corrugated metal in the tunnel connecting Tema Community 18 to Borteyman.

The replacement is necessary to stop the bridge beneath the Accra Motorway from collapsing after about 1,400 of the 2,000 bolts anchoring the bridge to the concrete of the motorway were stolen.

After a recent evaluation of the bridge revealed signals of impending danger, the stealing incident was found.

According to the evaluation, the missing bolts also threatened the bridge’s structural stability, rendering it vulnerable to collapse if not immediately restored.

Similar to how some obstructed waterways caused floodwaters to pool around the bridge, this also had an impact on its basin.

Mr. Amponsah claimed that the new bolts were being welded to the corrugated metals so that they would be hard and challenging to remove, preventing further bolt theft.

The watercourses have been channeled into a nearby storm drain, according to Mr. Amponsah. “We have also done concrete works around the bridge basin to prevent water from pooling there,” he added.

When Stephen Jalulah, a deputy minister of roads and highways, toured the tunnel last Wednesday before construction began, he bemoaned the damage the alleged thieves had done to the corrugated metal.

By today at midnight, Mr. Amponsah promised, the work would be finished, allowing the tunnel to be opened to traffic.

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