Tuesday, December 7

Delta begins construction of second flyover in Asaba

The Delta state government has commenced work on the second flyover, to unbundle the traffic gridlock at the popular Koka Junction by Asaba-Benin highway/Ibusa road.

For motorists and people of Asaba, the state’s capital, the light at the end of the tunnel has become real.

When completed, the flyover will be the second in the capital city.

Koka Junction which has come to be the hub of commercial transportation, operating from ramshackle motor parks, has in recent times, become a makeshift market for labour, where able bodied people apparently displaced from the northern states find a safe haven.

During the 2020 EndSARS protest, the beautiful garden and infrastructure designed by Asaba Capital Development Agency to add aesthetic values to the interchange suffered major setback as facilities therein were reduced to rubble by hoodlums.

Following continued traffic build up on a daily basis, the state government decided to save the situation by conceiving an idea to construct a flyover across the junction.

The State government sought permission from the Federal Government and was granted.

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In earnest, construction of the flyover has started, not without the usual confusion, more gridlock, diversions, construction of lay-by, displacement of petty traders.

More confusion was the question asked by passersby on whether the project is being executed  by the Delta State or the Federal Government.

However, with the hope of a new dawn to end the gridlock, while a new commercial community be established at Koka, the people’s worries are already allayed.

Structures, including private houses and a filling station had to give way while adequate compensations were said to have been paid to the property owners.

Speaking on the project which was awarded to a reputable Chinese firm, the state Commissioner for Works, (Urban and Highways), Mr Noel Omodon, said the construction of the Koka Interchange was a deliberate plan by the state government to redirect traffic in a way to avoid vehicular gridlocks daily experienced at the Koka Junction.

Omodon urged the contracting firm handling the project to erect a signpost to allay fears that the project was a Federal Government’s own.

According to the works Commissioner, vehicles from Benin end to Onitsha and those from Onitsha end would use the flyover while those from Ibusa and Asaba, would go through the interchange to ensure a seamless flow of traffic.

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Adding that alternate routes were at advanced stages of completion around the interchange to ensure free flow of traffic when pilling of the flyover commences.

He disclosed that his office was holding discussions with Delta State Traffic Management Agency (DESTMA) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to deploy officers to the project site to direct and ensure free flow of vehicular movements.

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