Would you believe if I tell you, that we actually have water bodies on the some very busy roads in Ghana, that actually look like swimming spools? May be not.
On the Kaneshie First Light highway, is a large body of rainwater looking just like a Swimming pool' in the middle of highway. This 'Swimming pool' was because of potholes on the roads.
Farmers in Ghana always pray for more rains to help improve food yield; and whenever it rains…farmers are joyous. As farmers seek more rains, road users almost hate it…because in Ghana, whenever it rains…it appears like our roads are cursed… they becomes a water body that can better be compare to the a swimming pool.
Potholes are depression in a road surface, usually asphalt pavement, where traffic has removed broken pieces of the pavement. They are usually as the result of water in the underlying soil structure, and traffic passing over the affected area. Water first weakens the underlying soil; traffic then fatigues and breaks the poorly supported asphalt surface in the affected area. Continued traffic action ejects both asphalt and the underlying soil material to create a hole in the pavement.
These holes on our roads get filled up with water anytime it rains; the larger ones creates scenes like a swimming pool, and these make drivers who are not familiar with their location, to drive through them instead of avoiding them, and accidentally splashing mud water on pedestrians.
The rains are here again, and if the roads are not reconstructed or repaired…the country should expect more ‘swimming pools’ on our bad roads.
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