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Over 100 Homes Flooded, Accra-Winneba Highway Closed

The Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), acting on behalf of the Ministry of Roads and Highways (MRH), has alerted the general public and motorists that the Okyereko Bridge over the River Ayensu in the Gomoa East district of the Central Region is currently overtopped due to the continuous heavy downpour and rising water levels.

The diversion of the Ayensu River by a contractor working on the Kasoa-Cape Coast Highway has led to a portion of the Accra-Winneba Highway caving in, causing heavy traffic.

A trench formed across the main highway after floodwaters from the Ayensu River surged, leaving commuters stranded on Thursday morning.

In a press release by the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), on behalf of the Ministry of Roads and Highways (MRH),  they advised the public and motorists to use the Akoti- Ojobi- Winneba Road in the interim.

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“In the interim, motorists travelling from Accra to Cape Coast are advised to connect through, Akoti- Ojobi- Winneba Road,” an excerpt of the statement read.

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The diversion had devastating consequences on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, as floodwaters engulfed over 100 houses in Gomoa Mampong.

Commuters expressed their frustration, calling for repairs to the broken road and sanctioning the contractor responsible.

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Also, speaking in an interview with the media, Robert Hackman, the Gomoa East District Director of NaDMO, advised commuters to take alternative routes through Winneba until repairs are completed.

The bridge over the River Ayensu was affected by the diversion, a watercourse that originates in the Eastern Region and flows through the Gomoa East District in the Central Region, crossing the Accra-Cape Coast Highway at Gomoa Okyereko before reaching the sea.

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