Delta Set to complete Trans-Warri road, bridges After 13 Years

The construction of Trans-Warri road and bridges project in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State is to be completed as scheduled for December 2021, the Commissioner for Works in the state, Chief James Augoye, has assured.

The project has spanned for over 13 years, due to hiccups in funding until the present administration changed the narrative to complete it.

Fourteen of the 19 bridges on the 28.8 km road have been completed while work is ongoing on the remaining five bridges with 95 per cent of the internal roads in Ode-Itsekiri completed.

Speaking after the inspection of the road, Commissioner Augoye said the inspection was to ensure that all contractors handling projects for the government were on site in line with the state government’s directive to them to return to the site following to substantial relaxation of the lockdown occasion by COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, the multi-billion naira road project which links Ubeji, Ifie, Ijala, Ogbodede, Inorin, Ajigba, Orugbo, Usele, Ode-Itsekiri was awarded in 2006 but that the contractor moved to site in November 2007.

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He said that Okowa’s administration had reduced the state government’s indebtedness to the contractor from N9 billion to N3 billion and expressed optimism that the project would be completed according to the agreement.

“The contractors are presently trying to complete the remaining 5 bridges and once they are done with that they will continue on the road work.

Augoye disclosed that the project had opened up the Ubeji to Ifie side of the Warri River and had attracted six tank farms and other multi-billion naira investments and urged the contractors to speed up the pace of work in order to meet the December 2021 completion timeline.

“As you can see the road has not been completed but it has opened up the other side of the river to many economic activities and if this other side of the river is completed, it means that it will create more economic activities for the people around this area,” he stated

Earlier, Area Manager of Setraco, Delta Region, Mr Joseph Helby said that the company was determined to complete the project at the end of 2021.

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