The federal government had in November awarded the construction giant a N206 billion contract for the work.
The Julius Berger, in a statement issued by the company’s media office and available to our correspondent in Onitsha said visitors to http://www.second-river-niger-bridge.com/ the website, will have access to photos and videos showing the actual status of construction works.
According to the statement, the objective of the website is to make project progress visible to the general public as visitors to the site will have access to visually driven content mainly photos and videos reflecting the actual status of construction works along with key facts and regularly updated data relevant to project progress.
It explained that the Second Niger Bridge is a Federal Government Project that is being managed by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in collaboration with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority which will bring great relief to the many commuters who currently use the over 50 year old existing bridge and will also link the great markets of Onitsha and Aba, as well as the industrial hub of Nnewi and beyond, to both the Northern and Southern parts of the country.
According to the statement, upon completion, Julius Berger said the project will reduce strain on the current bridge, ease traffic flow, create opportunities for local residents, improve commercial viability of the immediate area and regenerate economic life.
It further disclosed that the company said the project is expected to be completed by February 2022, adding that the scope of works include the construction of 1.6km long bridge, 10.3km highway, Owerri interchange and a toll station.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan had commissioned the project but was unable to see to the completion and the project which is now being funded under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), the present administration had reassured that work will no longer stop on account of lack of funding.