Enugu moves to mitigate effects of bridge collapse

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THE Enugu State Government yesterday announced that it would speed up work on a new bridge billed to replace the collapsed one across Ebonyi River in Isiuzo Local Council.

The over 40-year hanging bridge serving as the only link between the council and state capital caved in over the weekend when a truck conveying 900 bags of cement attempted to cross over it.

State Commissioner for Works, Patrick Ikpenwa, an engineer who inspected the scene of the accident explained that it was due to the weak state of the bridge, saying that the state government had commenced the construction of a new one to replace it.

He said work on the new bridge has gone quite far, and that, at the moment, the abutment was already in place. According to him, pillars have been constructed and what remains was launching the beam and bridge desks — the very last stage of the work.

Commenting on the collapse of the old bridge, he noted that the bridge would have endured until the completion of the new one but for the overloaded truck that carried some bags of cement.

By the fall of the bridge hanging across Ebonyi River, many communities in Enugu and Ebonyi, among others, have been cut off. but the commissioner assured that, with the quick intervention of government, there was “no cause for alarm as people will soon go about their normal businesses.”

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