Residents in the Ashanti Region were so outraged by the terrible condition of the roads that they took to the streets on Monday morning.
Residents said the action is intended to get the government’s attention so they will fix the road after making numerous empty promises.
The route connects Kumasi to Trede as well as other Central and Western regions.
When it rains, using the road becomes challenging due to how muddy and slick it is.
The region’s economic operations are severely impacted.
“When it rains, people hardly come to buy stuff here because of the muddy nature of the road,” a frustrated mini-market attendant fumed. “You can sit in the shop for hours without anyone coming to buy anything.”
A taxi driver also said: “We have to frequent the mechanic shops due to the poor state of the road. We end up using all our sales to fix a broken part of our vehicle.”
More than 14 kilometres of the 15-kilometre stretch, which runs from Daban to Trede, have been tarred, leaving less than a kilometre of it between Sokoban, Timpon, and Petuda.
Construction workers initially said they couldn’t build on that section of the road because it would interfere with the town’s shrine.
However, Nana Kusi Oboadom, the chief of Petuda, denied such a claim.
“It is not true we resisted the construction of the road because it will lead to the relocation of our shrine. If the government is ready to fix the road, it should come and do it to bring us relief.”
The protests will continue, according to the locals, who want their roads fixed.