FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello yesterday commissioned the N13.39billion Goodluck Jonathan way also known as Inner Southern Expressway (INEX).
The Minister who was was represented by FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr Babatope Ajakaiye described the commissioning of the road as a partial opening to ease traffic congestion and hardship faced by commuters disclosed and added that that the project has attained 90 percent.
The project which has reached 90 per cent completion according to the minister was awarded in 2010 while he noted that adequate provision has been made in the 2016 budget to complete in the second quarter of the year.
The minister said that the FCTA was constrained to open 3.5kilometer, four carriage ways and 10 lanes project to ease incessant traffic gridlock within the Central Business District (CBD).
The opening stretches from Shehu Shagari way to Tafawa Balewa way where commuters heading for Nyanya axis can link up with AYA road.
The project is handled by Salini Construction Company.
“The ISEX phase 1 project having attained substantial completion and in an effort to alleviate the traffic congestion being experienced within the city center that I directed for the partial opening of a section of ISEX from Shehu Shagari way to Tafawa Balewa Way. I noted the advanced completion stage of this expressway which is about 90 percent completion and directed that it should be partially opened to traffic to provide another rapid alternative route to movement in the East-West axis in the Southern flank of the city,” the minister said.
Malam Bello, however, appealed to the Federal Ministry of Works to expand the Abuja, Keffi road to 10 lanes to ease the daily traffic congestion on the road that connects the North Central and the North East parts of the country.