Commuters plying the ever-busy Abuja-Keffi express way now have cause to smile as the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) intensifies efforts at fixing all failed portions including the shoulders of the road before the yuletide.
During an inspection tour of the repair works which have already started from the Abuja end off Asokoro yesterday, the director of operations, FERMA headquarters, Engr Chimezie Amos said what is being done is a palliative measure being undertaken by FERMA to ease the heavy traffic usually experienced by commuters along that axis on a daily basis as a result of multiple cracks, potholes and general road failure.
“We are going to ensure that all bad spots on this alignment from KM 00 at AYA to KM 47 at Keffi are taken care of appropriately. From late October to early November, we are going to carry out a very comprehensive maintenance of this carriageway and ensure that the drainages are renewed and opened up,” he said.
According to him, the maintenance is also being carried on other highways in critical condition across the country.
On his part, Engr Omameh Ambrose who is in charge of operations in the FCT said the repair works are also being carried out on some other critical roads within Abuja which he mentioned to
include Abuja-Abaji, Abaji-Toto-Nasarawa, Madalla among others.
He said one of the greatest challenges is having to work amidst the heavy volume of traffic on the Abuja-Keffi road which has constrained the work to lane after lane and only at off-peak hours as well as the no possibility of closing the road to traffic after repair for a short time for it to be set before usage.
The team also visited the flood ravaged KM 34 Keffi bound by the Snake Farm along the Abuja-Keffi road where 50% of the resurface work has been done, remaining a few touches before laying of asphalt and completion.