American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Road Infrastructural Development Remedial Strategies as a Palliative to Congestion in the Bamenda Metropolis
Renz Tichafogwe TENDE

Metropolisation in the city of Bamenda has triggered wanton traffic congestion and delivery delays. This paper introduces road infrastructural development remedial strategies as a panacea to congestion and easy circulation. Some 276 questionnaires were administered to inhabitants of the city in order to have first-hand data on the ramifications of traffic congestions to daily activities. The Geographical positioning System was used to capture data used to realise maps as solutions to traffic delays. Results from findings adhere to the fact that, the nature of roads within the city of Bamenda is bad due to inadequate maintenance, poor drainage as well as low quality material used for construction which renders the roads vulnerable. The traffic flow is very high in the morning and evening periods and movement is unbearable during such periods. Anthropogenic influences from roadside vending to poor parking as well as unauthorized bus activities have aggravated the congestion situation. The city is therefore faced with a fall in productivity from stagnant economic activities caused by congestion, extending to high cost of transport fares and pollution. This paper recommends that a new and advanced traffic pattern with stringent rules to control movements be introduced in the city of Bamenda.

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