UPDATE ON ACCRA ROAD-NEW SOUTHERN BYPASS SIGNAGE IN KUMASI

Posted on August 1, 2012

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or subtitle: “Maybe I should have just kept my big mouth shut!” READ ON!

If you follow this blog, you know MADINGHANA is obsessed with signs: directional signs, promotional signs and locational signs. After all, we live in Kumasi THE SIGN CITY OF WEST AFRICA, unfortunately no longer the GARDEN CITY OF WEST AFRICA that I remember from the 70’s. Enough…now down to specifics…

Recently, I’ve been focusing on the directional sign at the Accra Road junction a.k.a. Anloga Junction with the newly completed southern by-pass that leads to the prosperous, burgeoning side of the city that is the heart of the hotel and restaurant trade in Kumasi. A lot of our business drives up from Accra and taking this dual carriage way, state of the art highway represents a great infrastructural improvement for the city. The problem is there is no directional sign indicating the dual carriage way by-pass! Not even after almost a year being open!

Now here’s the clincher. The other directional signs at the other three corners at 1, 3 and 4-see map below of the intersection are up!!!!!!!

Driving to the airport or to the Accra Road from Four Villages, you’ll come to this sign:

see no. 1 on the map


GREAT!

Driving from the airport, now a breeze to get to Four Villages Inn, and passing the Accra Road to take the southern by pass you’ll see this sign:

see no. 3 on the map above

GREAT!

When coming from town a.k.a. Kejetia/Adum along the Accra Road, you’ll see this sign to turn to the airport or to the dual carriage way to Asafo, Asokwa, Ahodwo, Nyhiaeso and further along to the Santasi Roundabout.

see no. 4 on the map above


GREAT!

BUT WHEN COMING FROM ACCRA, HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL SEE:

see no. 2 on the map above

Yes, this is the old sign indicating a T junction and no road existing towards Asafo, Asokwa, Ahodwo Nhyiaeso Ahinsan and further to Santasi etc.

UGH!NOT SO GREAT!

And the only other sign board at 2 (see map) is the one indicating tourist destinations north of Ashanti!

see no 2 on the map


UGH!

So what to do about it?

1. Of course, I’ll send this post by email to Mr. Theodore Quaye, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly’s Metro Roads Engineer who I’ve copied other posts to on the subject asking him to direct my complaint to the person responsible for signage. Unfortunately I never received any response from him on any issues I’ve brought to his office.

2. I’ll send this post to other hotels in the vicinity who are affected by the situation.

3. I’ll also send this post to some connected friends in the local administration at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, that is the mayor’s office.

4. and I’ll raise the issue at tomorrow’s regular monthly meeting of the Ashanti Branch of the Ghana Hotels Association.

Expect some more follow-up…and I’ll leave you with this….any speculation on WHY THE MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES HAVE FAILED TO DO THE MOST IMPORTANT DIRECTIONAL SIGN AT THAT MAJOR INTERSECTION?

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