The Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has started comprehensive rehabilitation works on some failed and critical portions of the Abuja-Keffi dual carriageway.
Managing director of the Agency, Engr Nurudeen Rafindadi, stated this while inspecting ongoing repair works by his men from the Mugadishu Cantonment bridge to the Mararaba stretch of the road.
The FERMA boss who was represented by the road maintenance engineer in charge of the FCT, Engr. Ambrose Omame said the current road rehabilitation programme is part of the nationwide exercise announced by the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola in December 2018 at the presidential villa after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting.
According to him, “We at FERMA are working in line with the agency’s mandate to keep roads across the country in good shape and ensure that motorists and commuters enjoy Nigerian roads.”
“The Abuja-Keffi road is a very critical national road not just because of its proximity to the nation’s capital but because it is a gateway to some northern states. And as you know the road traverses a densely populated area”.
On why the Agency is carrying out the work at night, he explained that, “with the nature of this ever-busy road any attempt to carry out such comprehensive work during day will amount to punishing the residents. Even the desilting work we carry out on the roadside drainages during the day causes gridlock. FERMA will sustain the night work initiative so that residents will not go through hardship due to our works”.
The work currently going on include the removal of failed portions on the Kugbo slope and the immediate laying of fresh Asphalt.
At the very problematic building material area of the road which is famous for flooding during the rainy season, FERMA is building a box culvert and expanding the drainage that stretches towards the boundary area to ensure free flow of water.
Rafindadi explains further, “The water from the Road Safety street is always much and often floods the road. This box culvert and expanded drainage which I can say is a mini canal will help a lot. It will prevent the flood from dumping sands on the road. We also plan to sustain the desilting of the drainage throughout the year.”
He pointed out that the agency is also planning to remove the existing asphalt in the area which has failed and raise the road surface when it will be putting the new asphalt.
Speaking further, the FERMA boss said the popular Sharp Corner and Criss Park area of the road will be given special attention, saying “we have made the road partly smooth for now so that motorists can drive without slowing down but in a few days’ time, we will start the comprehensive work there which will see it wear a new look”.
He pointed out that the repair work will cover all failed portions up to Keffi town, while appealing to residents to stop dumping refuse on the drainages which contributes immensely to road challenges faced in the area.
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