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According To FG, The Second Niger Bridge Is 95 Percent Ready.

The second Niger bridge is 95% finished and will be operational by the beginning of 2024.

Ag. Mr. Seyi MartinsThis was said when he received members of the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) at the site. He was the Controller of Works in Anambra and the Engineers’ representative on the project.

According to Martins, the bridge itself, which was the first part of the project, was mostly finished, and the last asphalt surfacing on the carriageway lane that led to Asaba was left.

He stated that the Onitsha-bound carriageway lane’s asphalt wearing course had been laid completely, and that the bridge’s streetlights, handrails, and parapet wall had been completed.

Martins stated that the bridge, which was approximately 1.7 kilometers parallel to the existing bridge, was a dual carriageway with three lanes on both sides and a length of approximately 1.6 kilometers, while the project as a whole measured 11.9 kilometers.

He claims that the steel guard rails are finished and the roads are ready for traffic;Toll booth canopy installation remains after the toll plaza area is nearly finished.

“The bridge project is 95 percent complete and it is expected to be delivered by the end of December 2022 but there is a second phase which is a 3.3km road approach on the Delta side and 7km of approach road on the Anambra side that is yet to commence.”

The Controller stated that the bridge could be accessed from the Onitsha-Owerri road interchange at Oba and that a road was being constructed to connect Asaba-Benin expressway traffic to it until the second phase was“The second phase of the project is yet to commence, but the government has deemed it fit that upon completion of the first phase it will be open to traffic.

“At the Onitsha end, there is an interchange at Oba, where you can access the bridge and on the Asaba end, there is a link road we are constructing to enable travelers access the bridge from Benin-Onitsha road,” he said.

 

Mr. Victor Meju, Chairman of COREN in Anambra, also expressed satisfaction with the quality of the work completed up to this point and the utilization of indigenous engineers in the project’s execution.

Meju also praised Julius Berger PLC, the contractor, for letting young and experienced engineers use the project to learn more about their field.

What we have observed today is impressive. We are happy that our members, local engineers, were generously used in this project.

“We thank the Federal Government, the government of Anambra and Delta states for their efforts at seeing that the project came this far; we are confident that the bridge will increase the business activities in the area.

However, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility for completing a landmark project in the state, the COREN chairman urged Julius Berger to construct landmark roads in Anambra.

He stated that COREN, which was established roughly three months ago, was focused on ensuring the certification of engineers working on projects in Anambra.

“COREN is happy that the contractor, Julius Berger has done some palliatives in some places and also employed our colleagues in the course of executing this project.

“I must say that it is not enough, Julius Berger must do more; right from their office, the road is bad; we expect that they should have some Kilometres of road done by them with their name engraved on it to show they were here,” he said.

 

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