The South east Governments have been tasked on the need to build concrete roads that would last about 15 to 18 years before developing cracks and potholes.
A civil engineer who retired from the Enugu State Ministry of Works, and currently the site Engineer at the HELIU Residences, Enugu, Engr. Fred Okoli gave this advice in an interview shortly after an inspection of the project site.
He said it was necessary for south east governments to copy the example of Ebonyi State government that has built some of its city roads on concrete.
Okoli observed that although concrete roads are costlier to build than the normal asphalt and surface dressing roads, experience has shown that it is better for people to go for quality road that would cost less to maintain than one that would cost less to build but more to maintain.
“The failure rate of asphalt roads is quite high, unacceptably high. We expect our concrete roads to last at least 18 years because that’s our target,” he said.
Credit: Daily Trust