The Rivers Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has commissioned the Rumuokwurusi-Elimgbu Flyover which is the 10th flyover constructed by his administration so far, two are still under construction and will be completed and inaugurated in the first quarter of next year.
The Rumuokwurusi-Elimgbu Flyover project located at the popular Tank Junction was flagged off eleven months ago and was completed by Julius Berger two months before the specified completion time in the scope of the project, and commissioned on Thursday 22 December 2022.
Providing the project description at the commissioning ceremony, Rivers State Commissioner for Works, George-Kelly D. Alabo, FNIQS commended Julius Berger for finishing the job before the scheduled time.
“I want to applaud Julius Berger Nigeria Plc for beating the scheduled time and still maintained the specified quality. This project was scheduled to be completed in January. This is the 10th flyover constructed by the administration of His Excellency Nyesom Wike in less than four years.
“This flyover is 820 meters long, it begins with the northern approach ramp of 106 meters and terminates at the southern approach ramp of 106 meters, making it a total of 212 meters approach ramps.
“We have a total of 176 800-millimeter diameter continuous flight auger piles, driven to an average depth of between 19 and 21 meters to the point of refusal. That is what forms the foundation of this flyover.
“We have the pile caps, and then we have 140 beams on top of the pile caps, and 208 elastomeric bearings to allow vertical movements due to compression. We have 215 millimeters thickness reinforced concrete desks, a 60 millimeters binder course, and 40 millimeters wearing course. Down here we have a total width of 30.65 meters, and on the overpass, we have a total width of 17.35 meters,” the Commissioner added.
Addressing the people before commissioning the project, Governor Nyesom Wike said it is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria that several projects that are capital intensive are being completed within one year.
He gave God the glory that the project was completed within ten months, and commended Julius Berger for not disappointing the Government and people of Rivers State.
“This project was flagged off almost one year ago, I told Julius Berger that I don’t want it to exceed one year. To the glory of God, it was completed in 10 months. It is unprecedented in the history of this Country that several huge projects that are capital intensive are completed within one year.
“From 2019 till now, we have constructed ten flyovers of this nature. By the grace of God, we will commission the 11th and 12th flyovers before the election next year,” the Governor said.