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Downpour cuts off major road linking Upper West Region, portions of Savannah Region to southern sector

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A heavy downpour in the early hours of September 17, 2023, washed away a bridge at Bole in the Savannah Region, cutting off the Upper West Region from the southern part of Ghana.

The rain is said to have started around 1:00AM and lasted for several hours, washing away the Doli Bridge close to Bole.

This has left several passengers and commuters from the southern part of Ghana to the upper west and vice versa stranded as the road remains inaccessible.

The member of Parliament for the Bole-Bamboi Constituency, Alhaji Yussif Sulemana, has indicated that he is in touch with the District Chief Executive (DCE) and the Regional Minister and they are collaborating with the Roads and Highway Authority to pave the way forward.

He said commuters on the Techiman-Wa stretch of the road would now have to use the Techiman-Kintampo-Fulfulso – Damongo – Sawla road to get to Upper West.

While sympathizing with commuters, he said the collapse of the bridge has worsened the plight of his constituents in the ongoing limited registration exercise, citing the challenges confronting registrants and the cost they had to incur before getting to the registration center.

He called on commuters to exercise some restraint in the meantime as his outfit, together with the District Chief Executive and the Regional Minister, work closely with the Roads and Highways Authority to return the situation to normalcy as soon as possible.

The District Chief Executive (DCE), Veronica Alale, indicated that though the Roads and Highway Authority has been informed of the situation and has promised to assess it and determine the way forward, she is unsure of when they will be on site.

They revealed this when they spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East show.

Source: A1radioonline.Com|101.1|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Bolgatanga

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