New road technology in Nigeria
As road development takes precedence in Africa, Nigeria is leading the way with road technology that will see their infrastructure finished to a higher quality and lasting longer.
Nigeria’s 66km Akure-Ilesha Road is nearing completion and according to the Minister of State for Works, Adeyeyo Adeyeye the road is being constructed with a new road technology that will make it resistant to cracks.
A new technology is being introduced that has not been used on any road in this country before. This road technology has been used in many parts of the world and uses a polymer-textile material that holds the asphalt in place and prevents cracking
Mr Adeyeye said, “The contractor has assured that with the use of this new technology, the lifespan of this road will increase tremendously”.
“We will have less failures and problems with this road for a considerable length of time. It is not a road that you will construct and in another three years it begins to wear out.”
The minister also said that new technologies would be used in the construction of all other new road projects nationwide.
“New technologies are coming up every day as far as road construction is concerned. That is particularly important for us in Nigeria because road remains the most important means of transportation. We need to have technologies that will substantially improve the lifespan of our roads. It is very critical for us.”
“In every road that we are going to be constructing, new technologies will be utilised. The Lagos-Ibadan express is also being constructed using another new technology.
The Project Engineer, Mr Shittu Kasali, who represents the Federal Ministry of Works for the Akure-Ilesha Road project added, “On this particular road, we have two layers of asphalt that we are going to use. The first one is the binder course while the second one is the wearing course. We will first of all prime it and seal it with bitumen; thereafter we will put on the binder course. After the binder course has been laid, then we will lay the geo textile material before putting the wearing course,” Kasali said.
Some conditions during the rainy season have delayed progress however the road is still set to be completed ahead of schedule.
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