Diversions were created at the Ukomi and Banda sections

The flooded Lokoja-Abuja road was re-opened to traffic at about 3.15 p.m. on Friday, six days after it was closed.

The re-opening of the diverted road was confirmed in Lokoja by Mohammed Garba, the Kogi State Sector Commander of the FRSC.

The re-opening of the road was facilitated by the creation of diversions at the Ukomi and Banda sections of the road by Julius-Berger Plc, RCC, Dantata and Sawoe and Gitto.

Light vehicles were the first to be allowed to drive through the reopened road diversion.

The road was first re-opened to traffic late Thursday evening but was closed again on Friday morning after some articulated vehicles got stuck at the Banda end of the diversion.

The re-opening of the road was a relief to motorists, especially drivers of articulated vehicles who had been trapped in the flooded road for up to 10 days.

One of the engineers who monitored work on the diversion, Andrew Enaphe, said the soil at the spot where articulated vehicles got stuck became muddy after heavy downpour on Thursday night.

Enaphe, a staff of the Federal Ministry of Works, Abuja, who confirmed that the road was actually re-opened to traffic on Thursday evening, said that it had to be blocked again to allow for “mechanical stabilisation?? of the bad spot.

He said the diversion at Banda, which is about five kilometers long, had been covered with hard core stones and quarry dust.

Enaphe said the diversions were done in such a way that they would not easily cave in from the weight of vehicles.

The diversion at Banda, which is about 15 metres away from the flooded part of the main road, is provided with drainage.

The diversion was ordered by the Federal Government on September 24 less than 24 hours after the FRSC announced the closure of the road to traffic

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