By Stanley Onyekwere
Road users in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been assured of existing measures fashioned out to ensure free flow of traffic through construction sites in Kugbo, Nyanya, Wuse Market and Kubwa axis respectively.
Our correspondent reports that work has since commenced at the four locations earmarked for construction of new pedestrian bridges in the FCT.
The locations for the new pedestrian bridges are in kugbo, Nyanya Park, Kitiwe Street behind Wuse Market and Arab Contractor Road Junction, Kubwa, and it is expected to be completed in 32 weeks from the date the Contractors mobilised to the sites.
The Secretary for Transportation Secretariat, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, who gave the assurance said Secretariat had put in place adequate measures to ensure free flow of traffic in all the locations where new pedestrian bridges are being constructed.
Opeifa spoke when he visited the Kugbo Site to ascertain the level of work as well the arrangements put in place to ensure free flow of traffic through the construction junction.
He observed that the traffic gridlock recorded along the AYA – Nyanya route in the last few days was as a result of the remediation works embarked upon by Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
According to a statement from Assistant Director, Information,Transportation Secretariat, Ifeanyi Ughamadu disclosed that the four bridges were awarded under the 2018 Federal Capital Territory Budget to M/S Adakhat Nig Ltd for Kugbo, Emtag Nig Ltd for Nyanya Park, Gozcon Investment Ltd for Kitiwe Street and Anarock Global Services Ltd for Arab Contractor Road Junction, Kubwa.
It was gathered that FERMA had cut off some failed portions of the road for routine repairs but left them uncovered for days thereby obstructing free flow of traffic along the express way.
He however called for the understanding of the public to any inconvenience they may experience during the construction period.
He opined that reminding them that the overall intention of the Administration in embarking on the construction of the bridges was to provide the residents with safer means of crossing the express ways and thereby reduce the risks involved.
The statement reads: “Kitiwe Street Bridge is to serve as a link between the Street and Wuse Market. When completed, shoppers visiting Wuse Market can park their vehicles at the Kitiwe Street Park and cross over to the market to do their business.
“This will in turn provide more parking spaces for shoppers and free all the roads around the market of traffic gridlocks.
“The Nyanya Bridge, located opposite the NNPC filing station is to serve as a link for commuters wishing to cross from the filling station side of the road to the new Nyanya Park.
“This will in turn reduce the gridlock often associated with the large number of pedestrians that cluster the road shoulder trying to cross the express way.
“The Arab Contractors Road Bridge is a ‘prayer answered bridge’ as the residents of the Area had been hoping for the day when a bridge would be constructed across the wide express way from the road junction.”