Yuletide: Onitsha -Awka expressway to be ready Dec 16

The Federal Ministry of Works, says the Onitsha -Awka end of the expressway in Anambra State, will be ready for use on December 16, 2020, for Christmas

This was disclosed Monday in Awka by the federal Director, Highways in charge of Southeast, Bola Aganaba.

He said by the middle of 2021, one lane of the road project would be completed, adding that the project was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Aganaba, said this during the post raining season inspection of rehabilitation of federal roads in the State, in preparation for the yuletide period.

He said the 18-kilometer road was being reconstructed, noting that the road would be opened for commuters for easy movement during the period

“I have come to check what the contractors are doing because before now, we gave them instruction to ensure that one side of the expressway is completed before the yuletide season for easy movement for motorists.

“The contractors have agreed to open it just for the Christmas to reduce hardship usually encountered by people returning for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

“The road will be opened around December 16. We don’t want people to encounter gridlock and we have also arranged with the FRSC to ensure that obstacles are promptly removed.

“By the time table given to the contractors, one lane of the expressway from Onitsha to Enugu would be completed by the middle of next year.

“The Enugu end is also being rehabilitated contractors are also working on the Enugu end.

The section from Umunya-Amawbia is 18 kilometers and the contractors have completed 12 kilometers, remaining about 5 kilometers which are expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

By Christmas, one lane of the expressway would be closed completely so there will be no hindrance.

“The road is almost ready. It remains one layer of asphalt to complete it. We are going to have a little extension on the time of a few months because of the challenges of COVID -19.”

For Adeyemo Ajani, the Anambra State controller, federal Ministry of Works, “we have done 12 kilometers of the Amawbia -Umunya axis of the expressway, what remains now is only 5 percent. There will be no hindrance for computers during this Christmas period.”

Speaking with reporters, the Project Supervisor, in Anambra State, Chidi Ezeala, said the progress of work was quite impressive

He said the earthwork had already started on the Abba -Ukpo junction axis of the expressway, adding that before the Dec 16 date, there won’t be room for any complaint.

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