In the interest of public information and safety, the Delta State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, has today called on motorists especially operators of heavy duty vehicles to avoid plying the Asaba/Illah/Uromi Federal Highway, as a result of the failure of a culvert on that road and instead seek alternate routes.
The commissioner said that the failure of the culvert was as a result of the scouring of the base by the high velocity of water along that route to the river Niger.
He further stated that pending a response from the Federal Ministry of Works, the Delta State Government had commissioned construction companies currently working with the state government to commence palliative measures on the road.
Speaking further, the commissioner debunked the rumors making the rounds on the imminent collapse of the Udu bridge, saying that the team dispatched to authenticate the rumor discovered that the damage to a section of the railing which runs through the bridge gave rise to vibrations whenever the vehicles plied the bridge.
He however clarified that while total renovation would be carried out on the bridge to bring it up to modern standards, the bridge is very safe to use.
Speaking in the same vein, the commissioner, confirmed that the Ugbeku/Abor road had been submerged by the ravaging flood and that state government is currently waiting for the water to recede to commence the reconstruction of the road as the current culverts can no longer serve.
On the Uduaghan bridge in Ughelli in Ughelli North Area, the commissioner stated that a memo for the reconstruction of the bridge had been prepared and awaits the approval of His Excellency for awarding.
Chief Augoye also raised alarm of the continuous degradation of the Warri/Sapele/Benin Federal highway and called on the Federal Government to urgently intervene in the total reconstruction of the road.
Speaking in the same vein, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, expressed appreciation to the press for their robust coverage and urged that they through their various media partner with the government to sensitise Deltans.