By SIMON EBEGBULEM
THE Edo Government yesterday disclosed that over 30km roads within Benin City, the state capital have been reconstructed between December 2016 and April 2017.
The roads include most of the bad portions in the Government Reservation Area (GRA) such as 1st Ugbor, Nekpenekpe, Oni street, Jemide/Akhiobare, Wire Road and others.
The Director of Construction in the state Ministry of Works, Mr John Obanor, who disclosed this to journalists yesterday during an on-the-spot inspection of the roads, explained that from the total 29 roads of over 50km earmarked for rehabilitation, 15 have been completed with either flexible pavement or rigid pavement.
According to him, the decision to use rigid pavement, was to ensure durability of the roads, especially in areas that are prone to flooding. “We have done quite well as regards reconstruction and rehabilitation of the roads, in fact, we are sure of completing all these roads before the rains set in proper.
“As you may have noticed, we adopted quite a number of measures to ensure these roads last longer. These measures are the combination of rigid pavement and flexible pavement. Areas that are prone to environmental condition, we use rigid pavement while we use flexible pavement for the areas that are not prone to flooding.