Suddenly, the Old Enugu-Onitsha Road is witnessing an unprecedente flow of traffic. This is attributable to the bad condition of the entire stretch of the Umunya end of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway. As a result, virtually all articulated vehicles have turned to the Old Enugu-Onitsha Road, thus causing heavy traffic gridlock for much of the time at both ends of the Amawbia Bypass.
Our worry is not just that this causes discomfort to road users, but that if this is allowed to linger, the Old Enugu-Onitsha Road will soon begin to collapse.
To worsen the traffic jam in this area, the Anambra State Police Command went on to barricade the road passing in front of the Command, forcing road users to take the road at the back of the Police Command. Why the police would barricade the only major road connecting Amawbia with Awka is what no one can decipher.
To say that these developments are causing untold hardship to commuters is to downplay the matter. It is usually at its peak in the morning and evening hours and has made many workers to report late to work.
Knowing the high cost of road construction, we think it is in the best interest of everybody that the Old Enugu-Onitsha Road is saved from the heavy traffic it is currently witnessing. With the Expressway already in terrible condition, if the same fate befalls the Old Enugu-Onitsha Road, the link between the state capital and the commercial city of Onitsha, as well as other adjoining communities, will be jeopardized.
To save the Old Enugu-Onitsha Road therefore, the Anambra State Government has to act quickly by getting the approval of the federal government to fix the Umunya axis of the expressway as soon as possible. This will ensure that the heavy duty vehicles will divert to their normal route and give the other road a breather.
We do not know if the FG's approval for the fixing of the Umunya end of the expressway has already been got. If so, we move that work should be expedited on it. Conversely, if it has not been approved, such approval should be pursued vigorously so that the citizenry can heave a sigh of relief.