Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Traffic gridlock: FCTA to open more roads

As part of efforts to curtail the traffic gridlock experienced along some major roads in the territory, the FCT administration revealed that it will be opening up more roads leading into the city centre.

The chairman, Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Management, Mr. Ikharo Attah, told journalists during an inspection of the ongoing Inner Southern Park Carriage Way projects that some roads still under construction will also be open to resolve the protracted traffic congestion in some of the roads axis.

Attah said that FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, has continued to reinforce his commitments towards bringing sustainable solutions to disturbing traffic problems.

The chairman noted that the road stretch from AYA junction, connecting from Nyanya and Maraba, leading to Area 1 and other parts of the city would soon be opened to motorists.

He added that even though the roads have not been fully completed, the Minister has approved that the contractors hasten the asphalt laying on the roads, so that it could be opened to ease the traffic from Nyanya axis.

“This interchange is a very sensitive portion of the roads, because it distributes traffic coming from Nyanya axis that is having heavy vehicular traffic on daily basis. Those who try to connect Area one, via Ecowas secretariat and Power House junction, may not need to go through that way once these links are opened up.

“We are cutting down the traffic man hour to the point of saving about 4 to 11 minutes. This may not be final finishing, but the road has to be opened to enable commuters and motorists coming from the Nyanya axis have some relief,” Attah added.

Also speaking, the engineer in charge of the project, Engr. Richard Dauda, confirmed that the interchange of the Inner Southern Carriage Way, would be opened in line with the directive of the minister.

He said, “This road starts from AYA junction and stretches to where we refer as the Southern park way, by the National Christian Centre, another segment of the roads also extends to Galadimawa junction.

“The progress of work is such that all the bridges have been completed, they are eight bridges in four different location. Work is still on progress, but to ease traffic for those coming from Nyanya axis, the interchange will soon be opened for them. FCT minister is very keen about resolving traffic gridlock within the city. Within the next two months, the road should be opened ".

Mr. Gennaro D'Itria, the representative of the contractor handling the project, stated that the roads can be ready for motorists if the fund needed is provided.

He said, “We are ready to complete the works according to schedule. We need about N500million to finish up this segment and another N1.5 billion to complete the whole projects.  As the engineer here I can tell you that if the funds are available we can complete the whole project within 4 months. However, part needed to ease the traffic on this axis can be ready within the next two months.”

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