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Delta order the closure of Asaba-Illah, Abuja Road over Collapsed Culvert

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa
Delta State Government has announced the clo­sure of a section of the Asaba-Illah-Ebu-Uromi-Abuja Federal Road following the sud­den collapse of the Anwai river culvert that leads to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, who an­nounced the closure on Tuesday in Asaba at a press briefing, said although the state had com­menced palliative measures on its repair, it warned commuters, particularly heavy duty vehicle drivers, to beware of the dangers posed by the collapse.

Aguoye, supported by his Infor­mation counterpart, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, urged motorists to maintain speed limit on the nar­row road, adding “It will be veryhazardous to allow vehicles to continue to ply the section of the road. We have written to the Federal Ministry of Works to alert them of the looming danger on the road. So, we implore Dangote trucks and other heavy duty vehicles to avoid that section of the road for now.”

He debunked the speculation that the Udu Bridge, which was constructed in 1970s, was near collapse but confirmed the collapse of a culvert, and not a bridge, in Ughelli as erroneously reported in the social media.

He explained that engineers from his ministry had car­ried out investigations on the Udu Bridge and discovered that it was not a collapse sign but mere vibration of the hand rails, stressing that measures were being put in place to renovate the rails and replace missing slabs at the bridge.

According to the Works Commissioner, the state govern­ment would continue to accord priority attention to the rehabilitation of both state and federal roads, especially the Benin-Sapele-Warri Expressway, which he noted had continued to fail despite interventions, for the benefit of the people of the state.

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