Bridge Collapse on Enugu Port Harcourt Expressway
The Enugu State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure issued a public notice on Monday, revealing a significant bridge collapse incident that occurred on September 25, 2023.
The collapsed bridge was situated along Kilometer One of the Enugu Port Harcourt Expressway, precisely between Naira Triangle and the Goshen Flyover.
Alternative Routes Advised
In an official statement signed by Gerald Otiji, the Commissioner of Works for the state, road users were urgently advised to consider alternative routes for their travel.
The suggested alternative routes are New Haven and Ogui Road, which can be used to reach their respective destinations.
The statement also reassured the public that the authorities would promptly implement measures for the immediate repair of the damaged section of the bridge.
Accompanying the announcement were photographs that vividly captured the extent of the bridge collapse, offering a visual representation of the incident.
Public Reactions and Concerns
The collapse of the bridge prompted various reactions from concerned Nigerians on social media. Many expressed their dismay and frustration, directing their criticisms at the government for the state of infrastructure in the South East region.
One social media user, Unbiased1, suggested that if the Federal Government couldn’t adequately maintain or reconstruct existing infrastructure in the East, the region should consider reducing its remittance to the federal government and utilizing those funds to address infrastructure needs locally.
Jessy, reflecting on the situation, highlighted the negligence in inspecting and maintaining the bridge, emphasizing that it had been constructed decades ago.
Another user, Spyder880, shared a personal experience of having crossed the bridge shortly before its collapse, indicating the suddenness of the incident.
Jahsharon’s comment veered into a different topic, highlighting the concerns of some Igbos who may be more focused on other political matters.
Guyman01 pointed out the inadequacy of federal infrastructure in the South East, noting that this issue might contribute to a lack of enthusiasm for the Nigerian nation among the region’s residents.
Kalu, who seemed to have knowledge of the bridge, expressed that its deteriorating condition had made a disaster like this inevitable, underscoring the urgency of infrastructure maintenance and development in the area.
The collapse of the Enugu Port Harcourt Expressway bridge serves as a stark reminder of the critical need for infrastructure improvements and maintenance, particularly in regions where such issues have been a longstanding concern among the population.Read More On The Topic On TDPel Media