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Condition of Road Traffic Signs in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, Ghana

Solomon Ntow Densu
Department of Civil Engineering, Takoradi Polytechnic, Takoradi, Ghana

Abstract—RTCs are one of the leading causes of premature deaths and acquired disabilities globally. It has been established that a well-maintained and high-performing RTSs is a cost effective means of optimizing road safety. In the STM, RTSs neglect is a commonplace, yet the extent of the situation is unknown. This study therefore aimed to assess the state of RTSs in the STM. With the aid of a detailed road map, inventory of RTSs as well as their conditions was visually evaluated in the STM. In all, 116 RTSs were visually assessed. Of these, only a little over one-half (52.6%) was present. 69% of the RTSs present were in poor condition. The road network in the STM is thus poorly equipped with RTSs, and this presents a significant traffic safety challenge to road users. An innovative, comprehensive, systematic, and regular maintenance programme that is adequately resourced be instituted, to secure long-term performance of road traffic signs in the metropolis, in Ghana's quest at maintaining a healthy and productive population. 

Index Terms—maintenance, road traffic signs, Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, Ghana

Cite: Solomon Ntow Densu, "Condition of Road Traffic Signs in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, Ghana," International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 189-197, February 2014.