By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
Akwa Ibom State under Governor Udom Emmanuel is a beehive of activities in infrastructural expansion. It is about the only administration that has taken a holistic approach towards roads construction and rehabilitation.
Over time, it was difficult to stay a week without reports of trailers and petrol tankers crashing while trying to negotiate the Ikot Oku Ikono Junction in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. It got to the climax that the area was termed ‘Ikot Oku Ikono of death’ following incessant accidents and loss of lives especially by motorists during night journey.
The ongoing construction of flyover at Ikot Oku Ikono Roundabout, marks an end to the nightmare in the area, as well as drastically reduce traffic gridlock occasioned by increasing commercial activities along the routes.
Residents of Ikot Oku Ikono and its environs have popped up with joy, describing the project as a step in a right direction, as it will end the many incidents of accident on the road which usually led to loss of lives and property especially by motorists plying the road at night and who are not familiar with the terrain.
The design of the roundabout which construction was abandoned by previous administration with no road signs, making the area a death trap as turning became difficult for long vehicles like trailers due to the narrow drive lane, hence the high incident of accidents as most motorists on speed usually rammed into it mostly at night.
The ongoing project which is handled by construction giant, Julius Berger, is at accelerated space of development, and hopes to connect Uyo to Abak and invariably contain traffic from Rivers State axis of the country.
Ikot Oku Ikono Flyover is one of the 40 bridges undertaken so far by the Udom Emmanuel-led administration.