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Spaghetti Flyover To Be Ready By December, Ayade

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Andy Esiet, Calabar 

Gov. Ben Ayade

After series of failed dates, the Cross River state Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has assured that the interchange bridge at the Odukpani end of the Calabar-Itu road will be ready by December. 

Recall that the project has dragged for over three years with failed dates for commissioning and most people have expressed doubt that the project will be delivered by December as promised by the governor. 

However, a press release on Sunday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, said Ayade carried out an inspection tour of the project and said his government was focused on completing the on-going projects before exiting office May next year.

Known as Spaghetti flyover, the bridge, when completed, is expected to ease traffic into Calabar, the Cross River state capital, from both axis of Calabar- Itu road and Calabar-Ogoja road.

According to the governor “our emphasis is to deliver on our mandate. That is why we are going from project to project to ensure that we meet the target we have set.

“By December we will surely have the spaghetti flyover fully in use and reduce the suffering here at Odukpani Junction where people spend up to two- three days in traffic coming into Calabar.”

On the peculiarity of the bridge, the evidently excited governor said: “What we have done in our design is to have a bridge that creates a link with the artery that takes you into Calabar and into the SuperHighway and then through the city toll gate that empties you into Calabar.

“This is a state road but the Spaghetti flyover over flies the federal highway and allows you access into Calabar without having to pay toll but if you have to go through the superhighway and the state road, you definitely have to pay toll because that is the only way to generate the resources required for the maintenance of the SuperHighway”

Expressing satisfaction with the quality of work at the bridge, Ayade gave kudos to the indigenous company handling the project, saying, “I am very satisfied with the quality of the job done here. I’m quite impressed. We have Turkish Engineers working with our local Engineers. Indeed, the company handling this project is an indigenous company. We only hired the foreigners as Engineers but did not award the contract to a foreign company, they are only staff of the indigenous company”.

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