Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has expressed delight with the pace of work at the ongoing Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport road project.
Bello was pleased that work on such a major arterial road, also known as Bill Clinton Drive, linking the Airport to Umar Musa Yar’Adua Express Road was being undertaken with minimal damage to vegetation and utilities, on schedule and without any major hindrance to traffic.
According to the Minister, the Administration was proactive in taking up the reconstruction project as it was evident that the road was beginning to show signs of deterioration. It, therefore, had to act quickly to stem a possible collapse.
He noted that the pattern used in the ongoing Bill Clinton Drive reconstruction project, which included advocacies and stakeholder consultations, would set the standard for future reconstruction works in the city.
Briefing the Minister on the Project, the Director Engineering Services FCDA, Engr. Hadi Ahmad said that work on the 7km road involved scarification, stabilization of earth work and “Dunlop” asphalts.
Engr. Ahmad disclosed that the outlook of the road has been improved with better kerbs, wider road shoulders and adequate drainage system. He expressed hope that the completed side of the road would be opened to traffic by Wednesday next week while work would move to the other side of the drive way.
It could be recalled that the Federal Executive Council last year approved the sum of N1.7bn for the reconstruction of the Bill Clinton Drive in order to stem the possible collapse of the road which as at then had far outlived its life span. Work commenced last September with a deadline for completion set for.