FG Commences Construction Of 700km Lagos, Calabar Coastal Road

As part  of strategic  plans for holistic economic  recovery, the Federal Government  has commenced the construction  of the 700km Lagos to Calabar  Coastal  Highway, spanning 9 States with two spurs leading to the Northern States.  

This was expressed  by the Honourable Minister of Works, Engr. David Umahi, during  the official  handover of  the first  phase of the project, made up of 47.47 kilometers  dual carriageway, to Hitech Construction Company Ltd, to be constructed in concrete pavement.

The Hon. Minister who was in company  of the Controller of works in charge of Lagos State, Engr.  O. I. Kesha, emphasized the need for all contractors handling Federal Government’s road projects to deliver  within a record time, noting that the government  would  not allow  variation arising  from delays or slow  pace of work once mobilization had been done. 

He however, commended  Hitech Construction Company Nigeria Ltd  for being  reputable  for quality  and speedy delivery of jobs. He acknowledged their efforts  in starting work immediately after the contract  was awarded. 
He said, "They have completed sand filling of 1.3 kilometer from the day  the project was awarded to them. It shows the speed they are going to  deploy to this project. Within a couple of  weeks, we awarded the project to them, they mobilized a lot of dredging equipment, and you can see that they have recovered 1.3 kilometer of section one of the phase"

The Honourable Minister  who also visited  project  sites at the Queen's Drive Ikoyi, the Third Mainland  bridge top deck, the  under water, the Eddo bridge,  the Eko bridge  and Carter  bridge expressed  the determination  of the Federal  Government  to carry out a comprehensive  rehabilitation  of the  bridges which  he  said are critical links between  the  Mainland  and the  Island  of  Lagos,  the economic  hub of the country. These repairs  are expected  to cover not only the top of the bridge  but also the under bridge works. He said, " At the Third Mainland bridge, we have three or four critical elements to be rehabilitated. The first one is the deck, and the deck is about 11 kilometers × two. That is  dual carriageway, including the ramps, and it has been done by CCECC. They have done very beautiful jobs, but we have not concluded.  Before the end of March, we'll be concluding the asphalt milling and the reasphalting.  He further  said, "But that is not all our commitment there. We are installing the guardrails, we are replacing the lights with solar light, we are going to put some decorative lights too, and then we are going to put CCTV  camera both on top and under the bridge to check insecurity and illegal mining of sand, which is causing scouring on the piles and the pipe bits. The second job is that some sections of the slab are deflected, and so what we have done is to get an expert to understudy the level of deflection. That's the tendons of the slab that deflected. And so we are going to cut open the slabs, enter and then look at it, scoop it, and then reinstate the tendons of the slab. There's nothing to worry about. It's been done at a Eko bridge by Buildwell. So this one is not a threat to us at all.

He commended  what Julius Berger Nigeria  Ltd is doing already, which is restoration of deteriorated peirs and peir caps including the cover of peirs and peircaps themselves, and said the piles which he also inspected  were the most  critical of the works to be done.

Earlier  in their  respective  remarks, the State  Controller,  Federal Ministry of Works  and the representatives  of  Hitech Construction Nigeria Ltd, Julius Bergger  Nigeria  Ltd, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd,  and. Buildwell Nigeria  Ltd assured  the Honourable Minister  that they would continue to work in line with the   spirit  of excellence, which the Renewed Hope administration of *His Excellency President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR  is know for.

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