Vandalised expansion joints on 3 overhead Bridges in Awka to be refitted soon

Crime & Terrorism

By Tony Nezianya

The expansion joints recently vandalised by people believed to be scrap sellers will soon be refitted.

Addressing a news conference in Awka, the Anambra capital, Commissioner for Works Ifeanyi Okoma, confirmed that Government has taken note of the damage and the haste to refit the joints.

The commissioner, however, said the government has reasserted the integrity of the bridges, saying that they were capable of carrying the articulated trucks now plying on them.

Because the previous administration restricted access to the bridges for security reasons, this fueled suspicion that the facility was not capable

Anambra State Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo has certified that the three flyovers in Awka are structurally stable for use by the articulated vehicles.

The three flyovers are over Aroma, Akwata and Amawbia.

Me Okoma an engineer said as a result of fears expressed in several quarters, the new G under Professor Chukwumah Soludo conducted an integrity test and even invited the main contractor, who provided assurances over the integrity of the structures.

The Commissioner said that appropriate testing was conducted before allowing articulated vehicles to pass through the flyovers, otherwise, the essence of constructing them would be defeated.

“So I want to assure Ndi Anambra that structurally, the flyovers are sound and stable,

‘’There is no need to prevent articulated vehicles from using them. If we do that, the essence of the flyover is defeated.’’

‘’The thing we want to do when we noticed that the expansion materials is that we shall use alternative material.

“We are going to dimension them and use alternative materials that can’t be easily stolen. We will do it within the next few weeks because we understand it can cause damage to people’s vehicles.

“But we can’t put the materials when the place is wet, otherwise, it means we haven’t done the work and we won’t get value for our money.”