Construction work at the Agip flyover bridge along the busy Ikwerre Road in the Port Harcourt metropolis is going on at an increased pace.
The construction work is these days peaking, as the construction firm, RIVOC which is handling the project seems to have woken up from slumber to give the flyover project the expected push.
As it were, the flyover bridge is taking shape, as the Model Girls Secondary School axis of it is gradually been filled with sharp white sand on a daily basis. The pillars holding the fly over bridge in the midst of solid iron rods and powerful walls on both sides have been firmly put in place.
Equipment and machines driving heavy iron rods into the ground are daily found at the construction site doing what they know best, to give the flyover bridge the much-desired impetus. Men who are moving and operating the machines are equally putting hands on the deck to ensure that the flyover bridge takes shape.
While some of the men were busy directing tippers and trucks to pour loads of sharp white sand on top of the flyover bridge when The Tide on Sunday visited the site last Thursday, others were busy guiding machines to force down heavy iron pillars into the ground.
Caterpillars and bulldozers were also seen doing one thing or the other to increase the tempo of work at the site.
As was expected, the secondary school axis of the road, was closed for traffic that Thursday morning to enable construction work to go on with ease, and without interruption by road users especially motorists. The road remained closed till about 2 pm when it was opened for motorists and other road users. Closure of the road has, these days, been the trend, particularly during the morning hours of each day.
Work is equally progressing at an increased pace at the other end of the flyover bridge close to the office of the Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority (RSESA). Several workers were also seen at the site in the afternoon doing their jobs to ensure that the flyover bridge takes shape in no distant time.
The rate at which the construction work at the site has progressed in recent times may have confounded several residents of the city. This is because the situation today at the site is different from what it was a few months ago when work was apparently going on at a snail speed, giving the residents the impression that the construction firm handling the flyover bridge project may after all not be serious in handling the project.
For sure, those who had some negative comments for the firm and its workers may be forced to swallow their words going by the progress currently being made at the site as all hands seem to be on the deck to complete the project in record time.
Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi had during the Accountability Forum recently in Port Harcourt declared that several road projects going on across the state would be delivered in December. Nobody is however, sure whether the Agip flyover bridge would be among the government’s sponsored projects to be completed next month.
Also speaking with The Tide on Sunday in an exclusive interview recently, Hon Augustine Ngo, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Projects explained that the state government would as from November be on the neck of contractors handling various projects to ensure that they deliver quality jobs.
According to him, the administration was also poised to ensure that all ongoing projects across the state were completed next year.
The Special Adviser further indicated that the state government would intensify the supervision and monitoring of the various projects to ensure that quality jobs were executed. The Agip flyover bridge is unarguably one of the road projects embarked upon by the state government to decongest traffic around the Agip junction along the busy Ikwerre Road in the Port Harcourt metropolis. Right now, the roads around the construction site are in a bad shape as they are being literally taken over by bumps and potholes. As it is expected, the construction firm would do ample justice to the entire road as it works assiduously hard these days to complete the flyover bridge.
Another good point is that the Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi Drive which begins at the Rumueme Civic Centre and terminates at the back of Timber Shade within the Abuja By-Pass axis of the city is now handy and useful for vehicles diverted from the ongoing Agip flyover as the construction of the flyover enters a critical stage.
Whenever the Ikwerre Road and the site where the job is going on is closed for traffic, traffic is diverted to the Drive. Such traffic diversions, however, cause traffic jams every day within the Civic Centre axis, as cars and other vehicles scramble for space with each other.
The traffic jams particularly in the morning hours along the route are known to have given both motorists and commuters a hectic time as several residents of the city who go to their offices through the route are held up for hours to the point that they often get to their offices late.
For sure, the completion of the Agip flyover bridge would provide the expected panacea to the hydra-headed traffic bottle necks that were often noticed at Agip junction particularly in the past. There will be a big relief in the coming months when RIVOC delivers the flyover bridge to the government at the end of the day.