An interesting challenge that this bridge faces is that beyond phase 1 (which includes the construction of the bridge and right of way), there will need to be additional access ways/connecting roads built in phase 2. This problem could have been avoided if the 2nd Niger bridge alignment was beside the existing Niger Bridge and the existing access ways were simply expanded. Approximately 30 kilometres of access roads will need to be built for the ongoing project. The benefit however is that the Onitsha - Owerri expressway will avoid a bottleneck, which would have been the case had all the volumes of traffic been concentrated in one point. Another benefit is that by distancing both bridges, pressures on the urban centres will be reduced and there will be a logical toll-free alternative route.
Shown at the top of the page is what appears to be piling works by Julius Berger, other construction images that we have seen also shows some ongoing work on the ROW (right of way). More on the design specifications will be discussed in Part 2 of this entry.
Written by T.Adeniyi for BBB.
Information Sourced from NSIA