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.