The Managing Director/CEO of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Engr. Nuruddeen Rafindadi, has assured Nigerians plying the Abuja – Kaduna road that in no distant time, all hitches constituting bottleneck to free flow of traffic on the road will be a thing of the past.
Rafindadigave the assurance during an inspection tour of some projects being executed by the Agency on the road.
The MD/CEO said the Abuja – Kaduna highway like other roads in the country, is undergoing maintenance repairs under the Agency’s 12 weeks intervention programme. This road is so crucial because it is the gateway to North Western zone of the country.
A statement signed by Director/Head (Comm./PR) ,Maryam M. Sanusi (Mrs.) said the following projects are presently being executed along the carriageway to ease the free flow of traffic; Pavement Maintenance Work at Dikko U-Turn Ch. 19+900, Provision of Double Pipe Culvert and Washout Reinstatement Ch. 25+800, Shoulder Reinstatement at Taffa Ch. 29+399-Ch.31+200, Reinstatement of Washout Ch. 15+500, Pavement Maintenance at 2nd Dikko U-Turn Ch. 20+200.
“ Dikko U-Turn has been known to be notorious for constituting serious hindrance to free flow of traffic; with multiple failed sections and washouts. The Agency is currently restoring the failed sections along this bad spot and overlaying of the entire stretch”.
He said the Agency is reinstating the eroded shoulder and also constructing over 1km additional lane on both sides of the carriageway. This will help in removing the Trailers off the carriageway which will eventually allow for free flow of traffic along that axis.
The MD/CEO also bemoaned the bad attitude of truck drivers who parked indiscriminately along the road. He said from a survey, between Abuja and Kano, tankers drop 5 drums of oil on the road cumulatively every day and this chemical degrade the pavement, making it to wear off easily.
He called for special infrastructure and facility to serve as trailer park along road corridors. This according to him, should be a collective effort from all the stakeholders in the road sector. This will get these Trucks off the highway.
The project Manager of Triacta, the contractor handling the project, Mr. Gwuas, said “the work has reached an advanced stage and in the matter of weeks, there will be free flow of traffic along that particular section”.