In terms of infrastructure development, Warri lagged behind other major Nigerian cities during the military era. But the situation has significantly changed since the advent of democracy 15 years ago. Since 1999, the physical outlook of this very important city has gradually improved with each administration and this is set to change even more with the ongoing construction of a flyover in Effurun, the gateway to Warri. The flyover project, which is being handled by CCC, is due to be completed by February 2015. By the time it is completed and open to traffic, it will not only improve the aesthetics of the landscape, but help reduce the traffic gridlock in the area which motorists have had to endure on a daily basis. One man who knows this too well is Scott Eyituoyor, a Warri-based businessman.
“This ongoing flyover in Effurun roundabout is a welcome development. We love it and it’s good to see that work is going on well. We hope it will be completed soon,” he told TELL at Effurun, during a fact-finding tour of projects in Delta State. The flyover, by the time it is open to traffic, will complement other road projects in the Effurun/Warri axis.
However, Warri is not the only town in Delta State where a flyover is currently being constructed. Asaba, the state capital, will soon get its first flyover. It is being constructed at the Nnebisi-Anwai-Okpanam Road Roundabout.
Like the Effurun flyover, the N3.5 billion project which is over 50 per cent completed, will help to decongest traffic especially during rush hours in the ever growing capital of Delta State. A dual carriageway from Summit Road, now Emmanuel Emmanuel Uduaghan Road, is also being constructed to link Okpanam and Anwai Roads. Asaba has continued to attract people from within and outside the state on a daily basis and this naturally leads to traffic build-up in some sections of the town. But with the flyover coming up, congestions will become a thing of the past in the area.
Fred Edafioghor, Director of Highways, Delta State Ministry of Works, told the magazine that bridge is going to be 120 metres and it will come with ramps. It will also have four-side roads that will also take traffic, such that if you are coming from Summit Road, you don’t have to enter the roundabout to go to Nnebisi Road and that will also apply to all other roads. Before now, all the traffic coming will hit the roundabout. The project, which began late December 2013, is scheduled for completion by December this year, and, like the Warri project, is being handled by CCC.