The Second Niger Bridge will be opened to traffic on December 15, our correspodent reports.
This was disclosed by the federal controller of works in Delta State, Mr Jimoh Olawale. He added that it would be operational for 30 days.
According to him, Minister of Works Babatunde Fashola gave the order. He revealed that the work is 95 per cent complete, and that the reopening was to ease traffic during this festive season.
Quoting him, “As we know, during the Christmas celebration, commuters suffer hardship accessing the old Niger Bridge due to traffic, but with this arrangement, traffic congestion on the Asaba-Benin Expressway will ease.
“We have notified the state government of this arrangement, and we are working with the Federal Road Safety Corps to ensure hitch-free vehicular movement.
“Motorists going in the direction of Owerri would divert through the access road near the old Niger Bridge to the new bridge.”
Olawale said contrary to some reports, the FG had not abandoned the payment of compensation to property owners along the access road to the second Niger Bridge.