Ongoing work on Abuja Bill Clinton Drive to take 7 months

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

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The Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, says the ongoing reconstruction work on the Bill Clinton Drive in Abuja will last for seven months.

The road connects the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and the Umaru Musa Year Adua Expressway.

The Director, Department of Engineering Services, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Shehu Ahmed said this while inspecting work progress on the all-important road in Abuja.

Ahmed also said that expansion of the road shoulders on the inbound lane would take just six weeks to be completed.

The expansion would make it possible for the inbound to accommodate double lanes as traffic on the outbound lane would be channeled to the expanded inbound.

”The inbound of the road is the lane leading into the Airport from the newly completed Interchange on the 10-lane Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua expressway, while the outbound is the one coming from the Airport to the Interchange,” Ahmed explained.

Rehabilitation
According to him, the outbound would be closed for rehabilitation as soon as work on the inbound shoulders is finished and this would take a month and two weeks.

Calling on motorists and other road users to cooperate with the contractor handling the reconstruction work and officials of the FCDA, the Director stated that the officials were always be on ground to provide assistance to road users whenever needed.

Traffic congestion
Part of the assistance to be provided by the FCDA officials in reflective jackets include; attending to inquiries, towing of broken down vehicles and directing traffic flow, among others, all in a bid to avoid traffic congestion.

Ahmed then advised commuters to also use the newly inaugurated Abuja Light Rail to convey passengers to and from Airport to reduce traffic volume on the axis.

U-turn introduced
He added that a regular U-turn has been introduced to ease movement, in addition to signages, erected along the road including speed breakers, warning lights, live and dummy flagmen to ensure minimum inconvenience throughout the reconstruction period.

The N1.7 billion road contract was awarded to a Chinese construction firm, CCECC in March, 2018, by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), and work has commenced on the road.

 

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