FG to open 2nd Niger Bridge for 30 days

Second Niger Bridge

The Federal Government, yesterday, said the second Niger Bridge will only be open to traffic for 30 days from December 15, to January 15, 2023.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja, explained that this is part of measures being taken by the government to ease the movement of goods and services during the Yuletide season.

Fashola, noting that the construction of the bridge has been completed, however said work is still on-going on the road linking the bridge to the major highway.

He said the government has received the commitment of contractors handling various road projects across the country, and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), to carry out remedial work on various critical roads to ease movement during this season.

The Minister said: “We have completed work on the bridge, so if you go there now you can walk from one end of the bridge to the other or drive from one end of the bridge to the other.

“But the connecting road that links that bridge to the main highway is what we want to finish. What delayed us was the stop work order on Mondays; the flood also delayed us, but it was a blessing in disguise because the original level of the flood resistance was based on the 2012 flood report. So, we have to raise the height of that road, happily and thankfully it didn’t affect the bridge.

“The President approved that since the bridge is finished that we should create an access road so that during Christmas you can begin to experience what it would feel like plying the bridge.

“It would be open for traffic going from the west to the east from the 15th December, 2022- 15th January 2023.

“Let me be clear again; we haven’t finished construction work, but we would open it for people to use to relieve pressure from the one bridge. It wouldn’t be available for heavy duty trucks; it would only be small vehicles for now until we finish our work.

“On the 15th of January, we would reverse that movement for those coming from the east to the west. We have told all the contractors that they shouldn’t open any more sections for construction i.e. there shouldn’t be any barriers on the roads this season.”

It would be open for traffic going from the west to the east from the 15th Dec, 2022- 15th January 2023… On the 15th of January, we would reverse that movement for those coming from the east to the west.

Fashola also reassured that the filling of potholes along some road corridors will continue as has been done over the years.

He appealed to Nigerian road users to appreciate the fact that roads are depreciating assets, as such, even as some parts are being rehabilitated, other parts could be failing.

He equally appealed to Nigerians to take ownership of roads in their locality by ensuring that activities which weaken the asphalt such as: burning of tires, use of corrosive materials like engine oil and other lubricants on the roads are discouraged.    

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), FERMA, National Union of Road Transport Owners (NURTO), and directors of roads and bridges in the Ministry among others.

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