Ashalaja Bridge Collapses – Truck Driver Feared Dead

The Ashalaja bridge, leading over the Densu river has collapsed in the Ga West Municipal area on Tuesday July 6. A tipper truck loaded with chippings fell into the river. The Driver of the tipper truck is missing.

Residents are cut off from surrounding towns, unable  to go to school and work this morning.

The bridge, was jointly constructed in 1997 by the governments of Ghana and Spain under first Ghana-Spain Protocol at a cost of GHCl.5 million.

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Residents and visitors to the area can only gain access to Ashalaja by taking a detour through  a number of adjourning villages before they can get to Accra or Kasoa. Although, it is just about eight kilometres away from Amasaman, residents would now have to travel about 30 kilometres or more to get to their destinations.

A resident of the area Clifford Bansah says, ‘Prior to 2012 election, the concrete bridge was under construction, the bridge subsequently collapsed, which stalled the project. They managed to repair it. And now the project has been abandoned. The same issue has come up again, this time one person has died. We need help urgently.  I spent 2 hours navigating an alternative route, a journey that should take 15mins.

The road was mentioned under the Kasoa interchange project.
The Department of Feeder Roads  expressed concern regarding the pilfering of bridge parts, particularly the bolts and nuts, and the fact that drivers carry loads with weights far above the stipulated axle load across the bridge, contributing to its near-collapse in 2014.

The last time the bridge was rehabilitated, was in January 2009

Residents are appealing to the Department of Feeder Roads and the DCE of the area , Hon. Sam Atukwei Quaye for assistance.

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