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Lagos: Gas Pipes, Public Utilities Stall Ongoing Re-construction of Apapa-Wharf

Contractors seen working on Apapa – Wharf Road

Apapa Lagos – One of the Engineers of the Federal Ministry Of Power, Works and Housing assigned to supervising the ongoing reconstruction of the Apapa-Wharf Road in Lagos has disclosed that the project has only achieved 10 percent completion.

The engineer, Keisha Olukorede, who made this known in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday at the project site said that presence of gas pipes and other public utilities in the road’s Right of Way delayed the project execution.

Olukorede said the contractors handling the project had, however, resolved the problem. She disclosed that 200 meters of concrete road and 230 meters of drains had been constructed on section one of the project.

“The project is about 10 percent completed; we finished 230 meters of the drain and 200 meters of concrete road on section one.

“We have about four layers of road to make the pavement rigid; the road thickness is 600mm,’’ she said.  

According to her, the project had four sections, A design alteration was done to take care of the gas pipelines in the Right of Way of the road so as to meet the completion date of June 2018. 

“There is no need to relocate the pipelines again; the pipes are encased. We had to redesign in order to safeguard the pipes for work to continue. “It is a shift in alignment, we shifted it forward,’’ she said.

Olukorede said the redesign gave the opportunity for deep excavation to lay a solid foundation for a durable concrete road. On potholes on some portions of the highway, Keisha said rehabilitation work had begun on the bad portions.

The ministry will use the Christmas holiday to take care of the most critical portions of the reconstruction zone and other roads in Apapa.

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