The Federal Capital Territory (FCTA) Administration has promised to ease traffic flow on Abuja-Airport road axis following plans to commission the road and the Bill Clinton Bridge.
This followed the re-opening of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, the trumpet overhead bridge is linking the Bill Clinton Drive with the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway (Airport Rod) and Gwagwalada-Giri axis.
Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello in company of the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, who paid an unscheduled visit to the project site, said the opening of the strategic trumpet bridge would assist to reduce heavy traffic on that route.
The Minister assured that more efforts would be put in place 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 period.
“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.”
According to him, “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. With the increased flow of traffic and movement, it’s very important for us to make sure that this very critical bridge is completed”.
Bello stated that when his 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 the desired job.
The Acting Director of the FCDA Engineering Services Department, Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmad, who took the Minister and his entourage round the project site revealed that the project which was awarded on the 7th May 2009, and work commencement on the 13th May 2009 is 95 per cent complete.
He disclosed that the project comprises of the rehabilitation of the existing dual carriageways and its expansion to 10-Lane carriageways inclusive of the service lanes on both sides.
By: Daniel Tyokua