Enugu State Government yesterday announced four routes for motorists to avoid a flyover construction site at Abakpa area of Enugu City.
The project work began today 9 March 2021, according to Government spokesperson, Mr. Chidi Aroh.
The bridge is at the T-Junction where Nike Lake Road meets Amangwu Road, the outlet that leads to Opi, Nsukka LGA.
Motorists fear that the flyover construction will disrupt traffic flow into and out of Enugu.
This is because Amangwu Road has come to serve as Enugu’s gateway to the northern parts of Nigeria.
To lessen the discomfort, Government spokesperson, Chidi Aroh, said the following exit points have been designated to divert traffic away from the construction zone.
- Vehicles coming into Enugu will veer left just before Nike Lake Hotel on the new road commissioned last year. The road leads from Umuchigbo, Harmony Estate Layout, and Adoration Pilgrimage Centre to Orie Emene from where motorists will join the Airport Road to town. Articulated vehicles are to use only this route, he said.
- A second route from NOWAS will veer left from Zenith/UBA Banks from where motorists will drive straight to the first Roundabout, then turn right to pass through Dental Technology, then you tee off to Bishop Shanahan, that is on the left axis, to meet Ugbene 2, Ugbo Ndafe, and on to Enugu East Local Government Headquarters.
- Motorists approaching from Timber Market will divert right through Igwe Edward Nnaji Palace, on to the Development Centre, and take the old Road which meets the new Umuchigbo Road.
- Those descending into Abakpa Nike through the Nike Grammar School, will cross the bridge to St. Theresa, then tee off to the right, going towards Ogwuago. From Ogwuago they will go down to Ugwuaku Layout, from where they will connect the Nike Lake – Harmony Estate bypass.
Aroh said motorists will easily find their way as government has clearly dotted each route with road signs and billboards along the way.
Construction of the flyover has been on the drawing board for almost three years now while motorists groan at the traffic buildup that was wasting valuable man-hours especially for those traveling out of Enugu.
Works Commissioner, Mr. Greg Nnaji, also said yesterday that the Harmony Estate bypass was specifically designed for the purpose of managing traffic flow away from construction site.
Officials said the contractors is empowered to mark out for demolition, buildings and structures that impede the construction.
The contractor is IDC Construction Limited. It has little or no information on its website about its bridge building projects experience.
Government officials said the flyover bridge will be completed within nine months. The cost of the contract is yet to be made public.
Enugu Residents however commend government for designating routes to avoid the Abakpa flyover construction site.