The completion date for the multi-billion naira 2nd Niger Bridge, linking Delta and Anambra States has again, been shifted from the earlier scheduled date of October, 2022 to the first quarter of 2024.
The implication of this is that President Muhammadu Buhari, whose administration started the construction of the bridge five years ago, would not be in office to commission it, as his tenure comes to an end in May 2023.
The Acting Federal Controller of Works in Anambra State, Mr. Seyi Martins, who hinted on the new completion date, however, said work on the bridge had reached 95 per cent completion.
Martins, who spoke when members of the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) toured the bridge said the first phase of the project, which was the bridge proper, has substantially been completed.
According to him, what was remaining was the final asphalt surfacing on the Asaba end carriageway lane.
He said the asphalt wearing course had been fully laid on the Anambra end of carriageway lane, just as other fittings, including the streetlights, the handrails, and the parapet wall had been completed.
Martins said the bridge, which is about 1.7km parallel to the existing bridge, was a dual carriageway with three lanes on both sides measuring about 1.6km in length, while the total length of the project was 11.9km.