Riots control police officers on Monday blocked angry residents of Adenta in Accra from staging a peace demonstration to demand the completion of footbridges on the Madina-Adenta Highway.

Scores of residents had thronged the frontage of the West African Secondary School (WASS) where the march was to begin.

The intended walk follows violent protests by residents along the Madina-Adenta stretch of the highway that links Aburi to Accra after a speeding taxi crashed a 19 year old West African Secondary School (WASS) student, who was trying to cross the N4 Highway at Adenta on Thursday.

The deceased students is reported to be the 195th person to be killed on the highway in such tragic manner apparently due to the absence of footbridges for pedestrians.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Roads and Highways has announced that work on the six (6) uncompleted pedestrian bridges in Adenta will commence within a week.

Temporarily, the Ministry in collaboration with the Interior Ministry has requested the Ghana Police Service to deploy officers of the Motor Traffic Unit to prevent further deaths.

A statement from the Inter Ministerial Committee on road safety issued on Thursday night, said government regretted the deaths of residents who had been killed by speeding vehicles.

The statement further said work had already been ongoing in recent weeks to address the situation and that procurement processes were now near completion