Mr. Mike Onolememen, minister of Works, has disclosed that the Oweto Bridge across River Benue in Nasarawa and Benue States is 60% complete adding that it will be ready by October 2015. The minister said this when the National Good Governance Tour Team inspected the project.
The contract for the construction of the 2.1 kilometer Oweto Bridge was awarded to Reynolds Construction Company on 30th November, 2011 to link Benue and Nasarawa States across River Benue.
The minister added that Oweto Bridge and the Second Niger Bridge were two gigantic bridges embarked upon by the Federal Government since the construction of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos twenty-five years ago. “This project is going to improve the travelling time between the northern part of the country and the southern part of the country through this alignment. It will also reduce the level of traffic we are witnessing currently at the Lokoja Bridge”, he said.
Onolememen stated that the project was awarded to Messrs Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) Nigeria Limited on 2nd November, 2011 with a completion period of 48 months, which is a dual carriage way with two number bridge designs of 1,835metre and 220metre long bridges respectively adding that it also has a 550 metre long approach road from Loko and 3.09 Kilometre approach road from Oweto.
The Project Engineer gave the assurance that despite the increase in the water level, there were adequate equipment and manpower to deliver the project ahead of schedule.