The Minister of Works, David Umahi, has called for the redesign of the Abuja-Keffi Expressway to include a flyover to end the persistent gridlock on the Nyanya-Mararaba axis in Karu, Nasarawa State.
Umahi said this during the site inspection of the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Abuja-Mararaba-Keffi Road on Thursday in Nasarawa State.
Umahi urged the China Harbour Engineering Limited to come up with the redesign within seven days, adding that it would help reduce the gridlock experienced on the road.
While noting that the work on the 43.56 kilometres road would be the rehabilitation of the dual carriageway, the minister said the road would be tolled after completion with various facilities to ease journey of travellers on it.
This road is very important. I want you to complete the road in 12 months and as soon as we complete it, we will toll it.
“It will be added to the tolling of the Keffi – Makurdi, that is why the Public Private Partnership people are here, we have directed that in this section, we will bring in solar light, CCTV and security at the service stations.
I want the Director in charge of the project to reach out to the Governor of Nasarawa State, so that we can acquire a land within the corridor where we will build the service station and the toll gates.
We will complete the redesign within 7 days, do not bring any laterite on the road, the road is stable, the pavement is gone and we have to reinstate it.