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Fresh erosion threatens East-West Road

BY Samuel  Oyadongha

Yenagoa—Severe erosion is now threatening to cut off the ailing East-West Road, close to Okosi Bridge, in Bayelsa State.

The road, which straddles the states of the Niger Delta, has been a source of grave concern to users in recent times.

Unabated erosion which, over the last couple of years had troubled the road, was further exacerbated by the recent flood.

Already, the Okosi River has washed away half of the road leading to the bridge across the river, thereby exposing motorists plying the route, especially at night, to grave danger.

Although the construction firm handling the road project, Setraco, had heaped truck loads of rocks on the failed portion to commence repair work, nothing tangible had been done.

Motorists plying the route, yesterday, expressed concern over the severe and unabated erosion ravaging the troubled area.

A road marshal who spoke anonymously regretted the poor condition of the road, which according to him, is vital to the socio-economic activities of the diverse people of the region, adding, “its total collapse will surely cut off Bayelsa from the rest of the country.”

Urging travellers to be cautious while crossing the failed portion, he appealed to relevant authorities to prevail on the construction firm to hasten the repairs on the road as erosion had washed away the bridge’s embankments following the recent flood.



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