Toll booths on the Accra-Tema Motorway are being decommissioned.

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The toll booths on the Accra-Tema Motorway have been partially removed by the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA).

In order to allow for easy traffic flow, the original booths that were on the highway had to be taken down as part of the decommissioning process.

The metal canopies that cover the tollbooths are anticipated to be taken down in the next few days. Since then, officials have opened portions of the deactivated lanes to traffic.

The authority’s increased road safety program includes the decommissioning.

When the toll system was abandoned in November 2021, the tollbooths became a safety concern.

The typically dark location had caused a few crashes, some of which had resulted in fatalities.

GHA representatives and a third-party agency had already dug up concrete in the concerned places as of yesterday at 4 p.m.

Rapid News GH has been informed that removing the metal canopies from the affected sections will enable traffic to be redirected onto the main, two-lane concrete route.

The full decommissioning process is anticipated to be finished by next week.

Collins Donkor, a GHA deputy chief executive in charge of development, ascribed some drivers’ negligence as the cause of accidents at toll booths.

He claimed that the GHA was acting rationally to guarantee that issues with safety on the stretch were resolved.

While it is our responsibility to make sure safety issues are handled, Mr. Donkor added, “We want everyone to drive as safely as possible. It is also important for people to take control of their own lives when driving, not just on the highway but on all roads.”

He cautioned drivers passing through the abandoned areas to take it easy and pay attention to their surroundings.

Mr. Donkor expressed the wish that removing the toll booths would lessen the likelihood of collisions.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic, some drivers expressed their satisfaction with the new development, which included solar illumination being erected at the Tema and Accra ends of the toll booths.

Moses Daitey, a motorist, said: “I am a daily user of the stretch, and I am particularly happy about the decision to remove the booths. This is a significant step to protect motorists who ply the stretch.”

He stressed the desire for officials to focus on the broken sections of the main highway as well.

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