By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”THE Bridge on the ever busy Eliozu road in Port Harcourt is to be temporarily closed to vehiclesÂ so that the contractor handling the project could speed up work on it.
Commissioner for Works in the state, Dakoku Peterside, made this known, weekend, in Port Harcourt.
The commissioner said the state government had received assurance from the contractor handling the job that the project would be completed and delivered in the first week of December this year.
Urging residents of the state to show understanding so that the work could be completed, Peterside said the state government would soon commence repair work on all bad roads in the state capital.
He noted that the repair work would cause traffic problems on busy roads in the state capital, but pleaded for understanding from residents.
â€œIf any body thinks we donâ€™t understand the inconveniences people go through, he is being unfair to us.
The governor of Rivers state is desirous of transforming the state to one thatâ€™ll be a point of reference, one thatâ€™ll be a model and the only way he can do that is to put in place world class infrastructure that can drive economic goals, bridges that will link our people to prosperity.
â€œLike I often said, you donâ€™t make an omelet without breaking an egg and so our people suffering these inconveniences is for a short, while we appeal to them to exercise some patience, it is a matter of time when we will begin to reap the rewards of investing our time and resources in building new infrastructure and rebuilding collapsing ones. So we appeal for patienceâ€
He said the government would also commence dualisation work on Ojoto, Azikiwe, Ilabuchi etc roads next month.
Among roads already rehabilitated in the â€˜operation no potholeâ€™, according to the commissioner, include Ada-George Road by Wimpey, Elioparawon Road, which he said had been re-awarded for total reconstruction, expansion and drainage.
Other roads fixed in the operation included Azikwe, Ojoto, and Elechi, all in Diobu. He said the Junction between Iloabuchi and Eagle Island, as well as other parts of Iloabuchi Street had been fixed.
He added that 55 road projects would be completed by the end of December this year, adding also that the second phase of road construction in the state would commence from the first quarter of next year.