Federal Capital authority assures motorists of speedy completion of major roads

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja.

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The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has assured motorists and other stakeholders of speedy reconstruction of the busy Bill Clinton road, in Abuja, the nation’s capital city.

This assurance was given by the FCDA Executive Secretary, Engineer Jibrin Gambo Umar during a stakeholders interactive session on the reconstruction of the proposed Bill Clinton Drive Project, held in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mr Umar, who said that plans have been concluded to ensure swift and smooth take off of the project expected to be completed by December, disclosed that there would be partial closure of the road during the actual construction period.

He noted that the contract for the project in the sum of N1.7 billion was awarded to CCECC, a Chinese construction firm, in March, 2018, by Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Vehicular traffic flow
According to him, the stakeholders  meeting was necessitated by the virtue of the road being an important gateway into the city and by implication into the country.

He hinted that the expansion works was aimed at enhancing the vehicular traffic flow around the area.

“We are aware that lots of contributions can come from stakeholders involved in the axis, to enrich their knowledge and be properly guided while the construction works go on.

“It will also provide best services to residents and enhance the output of what is going to be done,” he said.

The Executive Secretary, however advised commuters to use Abuja light rail to convey passengers to and from the airport to reduce traffic volume on the axis.

However, the Director of engineering, FCDA, Engineer Hadi Hassan, explained that the work would be done in phases; rehabilitation of some residents  before closing the roads to ease traffic flow.

He said the closure of the out bound, with the carriage way would be open as the work progresses.

He said one regular U-turn would be introduced to ease movement, as well as signales would be erected at locations along the road, speed breakers, warning lights, live and dummy flagmen, all to ensure minimum inconvenience during the period.

Some of the stakeholders who attended the meeting include; Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Ministry of Aviation, National Security Adviser (NSA), Federal Road Safety Service Corps (FRSC), Property owners, organizations along the area, UN Mission, FCT Water amongst others.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim