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Commuters Call for Fixing of Dangerous Bridge in Ayigbe Town

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Commuters in Ayigbe Town, a suburb of Accra, are appealing to authorities to fix a dangerous bridge that has been left abandoned for close to two years. The bridge, which sits on a big gutter and spans a busy road, is close to the Obetsebi Lamptey Interchange behind the former ICGC temple. Two people have reportedly died attempting to use the bridge. The deck on the bridge was removed by unknown persons because they believed it was not serving its intended purpose after the relocation of the onion market from the area.

Residents have explained that the bridge used to serve as a shorter route to the then onion market at Agbogbloshie years before the market was relocated to Adjen Kotoku by the government. However, the railing on the sides of the bridge is the only support for commuters who use it. The metallic beams supporting the bridge have rusted, while the deck on the bridge has become a death trap. Commuters who use this deplorable bridge take calculated steps on a daily basis to avert any casualty when crossing. Commuters particularly have ignored the warnings and on a daily basis use the bridge risking their safety in the process.

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A trader who has been selling in front of the bridge for close to 15 years, Aishetu Mohammed, spoke to Citi News about the state of the bridge prior to its deterioration. According to her, the bridge was constructed by Pastor Mensah Otabil for easy access to the onion market before they were relocated to Adjen Kotoku. Mariama Tendemba, a nursing mother with her one-and-a-half-old baby, explained that she is afraid but the route they normally use is far from Ayigbe Town.

For the most part, commuters want authorities to come to their aid to avert any other casualties. The bridge, which is in a deplorable state, poses a danger to commuters who have to use it on a daily basis. It is time for the authorities to take swift action and ensure that the bridge is fixed to ensure the safety of commuters who use it. The safety of commuters is paramount, and it is the responsibility of the authorities to ensure that they are safe on the roads.

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