An official of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (FMPWH) has said the Apapa-Wharf Road reconstruction in Lagos State has achieved only 10 per cent completion,
An FMPWH engineer supervising the project, Keisha Olukorede, made this known in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday at the project site .
She said that presence of gas pipes and other public utilities in the road’s Right of Way delayed the project execution.
Olukorede said the contractors handling the project had, however, resolved the problem.
She disclosed that 200 metres of concrete road and 230 metres of drains had been constructed on section one of the project.
“The project is about 10 per cent completed; we finished 230 metres of drain and 200 metres of concrete road on section one.
“We have about four layers of road to make the pavement rigid; the road thickness is 600mm,’’ she said. She said the project had four sections.
She said that a design alteration was done to take care of the gas pipelines in the Right of Way of the road so as to meet the completion date of June 2018.
“There is no need to relocate the pipelines again; the pipes are encased. We had to redesign in order to safeguard the pipes for work to continue.
“It is a shift in alignment, we shifted it forward,’’ she said.
Olukorede said the redesign gave the opportunity for deep excavation to lay a solid foundation for a durable concrete road.
On potholes on some portions of the highway, Keisha said rehabilitation work had begun on the bad portions.
According to Keisha, the ministry will use the Christmas holiday to take care of the most critical portions on the reconstruction zone and other roads in Apapa.