Undoubtedly traffic congestion continues to be a challenge that negatively impacts socio-economic activities in most cities in the world. It does not only hinder the smooth movement of people but also freight and services. Admittedly, there have been a number of studies that have examined the causes and effects of traffic congestion in Ghanaian cities; nonetheless, these studies have largely concentrated on the larger metropolis which includes Accra and Kumasi with little attention given to mid-sized emerging urban centers. Using data collected from field survey, in-depth interviews and field observations in Sekondi-Takoradi, this study examines the effects of traffic congestion on socio-economic activities along five major road corridors in the study area. The survey data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics while in-depth interviews were integrated with the results using quotes from informants. The findings from the study revealed a spatial variation of the effects of traffic congestion along the five corridors studied. In particular, it was observed that increased traffic congestion led to the reduction in sales made by traders and commercial drivers, while students and workers who used these roads also asserted they often get to school and workplaces very late. The study therefore recommends road expansion along these routes and use of road tolls to regulate the activities of ‘trotro’ (public buses) and taxis in the city in order to minimize traffic congestion in the city.
Key words: Traffic congestion, socio-economic activities, spatial variation, corridors, Takorad, Metropolis.