Ben Ezechime, Enugu
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has issued a road advisory to motorists on the collapsed flyover bridge along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway as traffic continued to mount.
It would be recalled that one of the flyover bridges across Enugu–Port Harcourt dual carriage expressway collapsed on Monday morning.
The incident happened at kilometer-one section of the expressway between Naira Triangle and New Artisan Market axis of Enugu metropolis.
The Sector Commander of FRSC Enugu State Command, Mr Sokunbi Adeyemi, said that he dispatched officers and men to the incident spot immediately to control and divert traffic.
Adeyemi said that the incident happened at about 12:30 am on Monday, adding that it took officials of FRSC about five minutes to rush to the scene of the incident.
According to him, the incident was caused by natural disaster.
“For safety, motorists and other road users should take alternative routes.
“Motorists coming from Port-Harcourt/Aba axis to Abakaliki are advised to take Bricks Estate Junction close to New Kenyetta Market (Army check-point) through Okpara Square to New Haven Junction by Otigba Roundabout – Ogui Roundabout- Abakpa Junction (by 82 Division) straight ahead to Abakaliki.
“Motorists from Abuja/Abakaliki to Aba/Port Harcourt, are advised to go through Abakpa Junction (82 Division) – New Haven Junction by Otigba Roundabout – Okpara Square and hit Enugu-Port Harcourt Dual Carriage Expressway at New Kenyetta Market (Army check-point) to continue their journey to Aba/Port Harcourt,” he said.
Also reacting to the incident, the Police Command in Enugu State told newsmen that it had effectively cordoned off the portion of the collapsed bridge on the Federal Highway.
The Command’s Spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed that no life was lost in the incident, adding that no one sustained any serious injury during the incident.
Ndukwe said that police operatives had joined in traffic control and diverting traffic to safe alternative routes within Enugu metropolis.
Meanwhile, the traffic situation in the state capital early Tuesday morning was chaotic in some parts of the city as articulated vehicles traveling to Port Harcourt through the expressway are now searching for every available routes to avoid the collapsed bridge spot.