The minister of works, David Umahi, has disclosed that the Federal Government will not allow the use of asphalt in the renovation of the Third Mainland Bridge because it could cause vehicles to overturn.
The minister made this disclosure during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Monday.
The former governor of Ebonyi also stressed the importance of concrete roads, saying that the federal government is considering using concrete for the construction of major roads across the country.
He explained that concrete roads are more durable than asphalt roads, especially in areas with high rainfall.
The minister also pointed out that the president was not new to the idea of using concrete to make roads, saying, “The president is not new to concrete roads. While he was governor, he could be said to be one of the foundational sponsors of concrete roads”.
Still talking about the benefit of concrete over asphalt, Umahi says, “Over the years, in the course of maintenance, when a portion of it is scratched, what will happen is that they will come and clean it up and put another asphalt on it. So, we have an asphalt thickness of between four and 12 inches. So, if you are riding on that Third Mainland Bridge, you will see that you are on a super-elevation and that is dangerous. It can cause overturning. And again, it is not designed to carry that dead load,” He concluded.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have been on Social Media lamenting the state of the major linkway joining Lagos Island, Nigeria’s most important commercial centre, to the rest of the country.