The federal government has said steps are being taken to ensure that the existing Niger Bridge is revamped and saved from collapse.
The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola who stated this while inspecting ongoing repairs and maintenance works on the bridge, said the federal government is mindful of the fact that the Bridge remains the vital East-West link which has enhanced both socio-political and economic activities in the country, and as such, should not be allowed to collapse.
Represented by the Director, Highways, (Bridges and Design), Engineer Adetokunbo Sogbesan, the minister said government has rekindled its efforts to fill the foundation of the existing Niger Bridge, facing serious erosion challenges and to replace the vandalised bolts, nuts and rails in order to ensure that Nigerians have smooth and safe thoroughfare.
According to a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, the minster noted that the second Niger Bridge which is 1.59 km in length and under construction comprises of four sections namely: the Asaba Road, the Toll Plaza, the bridge and the Onitsha Road section.
Describing the relevance of the bridge, Fashola pointed out that it will have two underpasses classified as secondary bridges planned at Amakom village in Delta State an Atani in Anambra State with an interchange at Obosi Junction of the Onitsha-Owerri Road.
While briefing the media, the Project Manager, Julius Berger Plc, the Contractor handling the project, Stefan Uelemann stated that the contract was awarded to his company in December, 2016 with a commencement date of November 1, 2017. He promised that Julius Berger Plc will adhere to the specifications of the contractual agreement.
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