The collapsed section of Onitsha-Owerri Road which caused traffic gridlock late last month has been repaired and normal traffic restored.
The Federal Controller of Works in Anambra State Mr. Adeyemo Ajani, who took journalists on tour of the road on Wednesday, explained that the road collapsed in the first place because a line drain was blocked, thereby forcing flood water to percolate without flowing out.
On the other hand, when the flood began to cause havoc in the nearby premises of Metallurgical Training Institute, the institute also blocked the gutter through which flood water was supposed to flow out from its side, Ajani said.
However, given the heavy traffic on that road, the Ministry moved fast, called one of its contractors to.commence restoration work.on the failed portion.
Narrating the story Ajani said: “On 20th September we noticed that this section of Onitsha-Owerri road collapsed as a result of heavy flood, run off water.
“The entire surrounding area was flooded. Having identified the problem and with heavy traffic along this road we have to call one of our contractors to give us some assistance.
“We are happy to announce
that the road that collapsed has been restored.
“The cause of the problem is that a section of the line drain was blocked around the dump site and flood was diverted to this area.
“The same way MTI having experienced devastation in their premises blocked our culvert that was supposed to take flood water from here.
“That caused the collapse of a section of the road. We have unblocked the culvert and normal flow has resumed. We hope nobody will block it again, otherwise that person will be deemed to be against the entire nation.”