The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, says the FCT Administration has planned to ease traffic flow by completing the Airport Road and the Bill Clinton Bridge soon.
Bello said this when he paid an unscheduled visit to the project site on Tuesday in Abuja, adding that the opening of the strategic trumpet bridge would further reduce traffic bottlenecks along that route.
The minister, who was accompanied by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr Babatope Ajakaiye, noted as Abuja Airport re-opens for business, said the opening would ease traffic flow in that axis.
The trumpet overhead bridge is linking the Bill Clinton Drive with the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway (Airport Road) and Gwagwalada-Giri axis.
He assured road users that efforts would be re-doubled to ensure that the trumpet bridge with its loops and tangents are completed in good time and opened to the motoring public within a very short time.
“We have seen the progress of work and we will continue to provide you all the needed support and funds. Of course the Airport is going to be opened very shortly.
“So, it’s very important that you work towards your timeline, particularly the mid-May timeline so that at least it can ease traffic flow.
“The Bill Clinton Bridge on the Airport expressway is a very important project of the FCT Administration. It is meant to carry traffic in and out of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport,’’ he said.
According to him, with the increased flow of traffic, it’s very important for us to make sure that this very critical bridge is completed.
“But overall, we are very happy with your work and I think this goes also to show that you are very important citizens of Abuja.
“You have basically constructed a significant part of the city and we look forward to when we will all come and just cut the tape to commission this project,” he stressed.
Bello stated that when this administration came in, it was basically a hanging bridge but within the last few months, with proper funding and supervision, the contractors came back to site and they have done a very wonderful job.
“From your timeline, I understand a portion of the bridge will be operational within the next few weeks and subsequently within the next two or three months.
“The entire section will be completed including all the streetlights, road signage as well as all the drainage points and we will have a very beautiful bridge linking the city with the Airport.
“I am so pleased with this and this is what we will continue to do in many sections of the city, trying to complete on-going infrastructure,” he said.
He noted that with funding and determination the Abuja will have the benefit of being a mega city “where everybody can move around without too much hindrance”.
The Acting Director of the FCDA, Engineering Services Department, Mr Shehu Ahmad, conducted the minister and his entourage round the project site.
He revealed that the project, which was awarded on May 7, 2009, and work commenced on May 13, 2009, is 95 per cent completed.
Ahmad disclosed that the project comprised of the rehabilitation of the existing dual carriageways and its expansion to 10-lane carriageways inclusive of the service lanes on both sides. (NAN)