The Kwara State Government is to inaugurate the construction of Geri-Alimi Roundabout to decongest traffic in some parts of Ilorin Township.
The Kwara Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya, made this known at a press briefing with newsmen on Monday in Ilorin.
Yahaya said the project was in line with the change mantra of the All Progressives Congress to deliver true democracy dividends to the people by transforming the state and boosting its economy.
The commissioner expressed optimism that on completion, the roundabout would ease traffic congestion in the area and also beautify the city.
He said the phase one aspect of the contract would be executed within nine months, while the phase two and three, which would be extended to Umar Audi General Hospital road would last for 18 months.
According to the commissioner, the construction of the three phases of the project was awarded at the cost of N3.7 billion.
He added that there would be 24 hours police surveillance at the roundabout on completion.
Yahaya further added that the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Asa-dam, Egbejila-airport and Odota-Lubcon to Gerewu roads had already commenced.
This, he said, was to serve as alternative link roads to decongest traffic as the Gari-Alimi project commences.
He said the contractor handling the phase one and two of the project would expand the Gari-Alimi road to the General Hospital axis.
He said the contractor was one of the best construction companies in the country.
The commissioner, however, called on the public to cooperate with the contractor to enable him complete the work within the stipulated period.
He urged the contractor handling the ongoing reconstruction of Coca-Cola Bridge along Coca-Cola road, Ilorin, Alaco Construction Limited, to ensure that the project meets technical specifications and international standard.
According to Yahaya, the completion of the project will bring a permanent solution to the perennial flooding in the area.
He, however, pleaded with residence of the area to be patient with the contractors as the projects continue, adding that alternative roads would be provided to ease traffic jam.
He further said that efforts were in place to fill potholes in major roads across the state, adding that installation of asphalt plants was at advance stage of completion.
Yahaya said: “The Governor will inaugurate the plant within the next few weeks for the Ministry of Works and Transport to tackle potholes on the roads.”
He noted that the general maintenance and filling of potholes on roads across the state would go a long way to ease traffic flow and frustration of motorists.