The iron bridge over the Cross River in Ikom, was constructed by the British firm, Tarmac Construction Company in 1973. While it effectively linked up a large part of the State to other parts of Nigeria, it had a challenge. Articulated heavy duty vehicles with high payload were unable to use the bridge because of the bridge’s iron cast thrust system; it came with negative economic consequences.
As a direct response though, the Nigerian government just built a new bridge from scratch which we hear has opened to free flowing traffic. It is a step in the right direction, something we earnestly commend.
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