Bridge collapse leads to suspension of commissioning of Enugu Onitsha Expressway

The Enugu State Government says the Enugu- Port Harcourt expressway will no longer be opened for public use this  holiday period as earlier announced. 


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Recalled that Enugu State Government had announced that it would reopen one lane of the Enugu- Port Harcourt expressway at the collapsed bridge near Artisan Cattle Market for use by December 24.

Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State had on November 9, announced that the Federal Government would commence  reconstruction work on the collapsed bridge .

Aka Eze Aka, the Commissioner for Information and Communication in a statement issued on Monday said the road shall no longer be opened for public use as earlier announced until work is completed. 

He said the project manager Mohammed Fadi had advised that the project be allowed to be completed and subjected to series of test even after completion to certify it fit for public use. 

Due to the traffic congestion being experienced in the area which is a major link road the state government had asked that one lane of the bridge that was standing be opened to ease traffic flow and relief motorists of stress especially this festive season. This however is no longer feasible because of expert and technical advice.

As a matter of emphasis the government is not unaware of the difficulties created by the collapsed bridge but appeals for understanding and patience from users of the road.
The bridge is currently being reconstructed by the Federal Ministry of Work in collaboration with the Enugu State Ministry of Works and will soon be completed.

The State government wishes all travellers a safe trip, a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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