FCTA seals up Gwarimpa U-turn to reduce traffic, accidents
The FCT Administration has explained that the recent closure of the Popular Gwarimpa U-turn on the Kubwa express road would not only ease traffic on the road, but also reduce the number of accidents recorded on that road.
The Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Free Flow had over the weekend sealed up the U-turn as part of measures to address the biting traffic congestion on the very wide road.
This follows the approval of FCT minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello who has mandated the team to ensure free flow of traffic on major roads in Federal capital Territory.
Speaking to journalists while on an inspection of the road, the chairman of the traffic team , Ikharo Attah noted that the traffic bottleneck on the road has reached an alarming level pointing out that the rate of accidents around the area has reached alarming proportion.
He noted that the Executive Secretary of the Federal capital Development Authority, FCDA, Engineer Umar Jubrin acting on the minister's directive mandated some Engineers to ensure the Traffic team's request is fully carried out.
The Chairman further explained that, “after over two months of study at peak periods we discovered that the major cause of traffic Gridlock on the Kubwa Expressway is the Gwarimpa U-turn located close to the Charley Boy Area.”
Attah added that, “we have tried to manage the situation for several weeks through the Federal Road Safety Corps by putting men and vehicles on the ground during peak periods. This yielded very little results as the traffic bottleneck is caused by those negotiating at the U-turn.”
While pleading with motorists and commuters over the decision, the chairman said, "This is a tough decision particularly as it will affect those entering Gwarimpa from the Expressway, but we must not shy away from the daily stress faced by millions plying the outer northern Expressway (Kubwa road).
With the closure, motorists would now have to use the EFAB Metropolis interchange (flyover) to connect with the service lane that leads to Gwarimpa Housing Estate.