Delta government assures on Kwale-Beneku bridge, road projects’ completion
The Delta State Government has reiterated its resolve to deliver the Kwale-Beneku bridge along Ughelli-Asaba Expressway, and two pedestrian bridges on the Asaba-Benin Expressway on schedule.
The Commissioner of Works, Chief James Augoye, who disclosed this after a tour of projects in Asaba, said the pedestrian bridges located at the Summit Road and Abraka Market junction will be ready in July, while those of Beneku Bridge and Ughelli-Asaba will be completed in 2021.
Chief Augoye stressed that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is desirous of delivering on road projects, despite the financial strain occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Commissioner said, he was particularly happy with the project, “because the last time we went to commission the Beneku road with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, one of our Commissioners fell into the river as he tried to embark on a pontoon that ferried us across the Ase Creek.
But that when the project is completed by next year, the people would be saved the perennial challenges
He further expressed delights with the contractors handling the Ughelli-Asaba Expressway sections C1 and C2, China Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC, stressing that “The quality of jobs done is impressive, especially with the reassurance by their site engineer, Engr. Wang. Wenlong, of delivering on schedule by the end of 2021.”
“The Obo bridge is undergoing a very scientific assessment, as the original contractors, ULO, did some pilling already, so the contractors are trying to ascertain it with a 5,000 kilograms sandbags if the job done would be able to sustain the bridge. After the pile testing they take it to the lab for final tests for work to continue there,” he added.
On his part, the project manager of DNL Engineering Limited, the firm constructing the Kwale-Beneku Bridge, Mamuda Ladan, assured that the 1.5km road project, the main bridge measuring 360 meters and the smaller 20-meter bridge is almost ready.
According to him, with structural work about 80 percent ready, the project will be delivered by June 2020.