Jigawa state government has announced the closure of Gwaram and Basuruka Bridges for major repairs urging motorists to use other alternative routes.
The State Commissioner of Works and Transport, Hon. Aminu Usman Gumel revealed this while speaking to newsmen in Dutse.
The commissioner who spoke through the Permanent Secretary of the ministry Engr. Datti Ahmad said the two bridges were damaged by flooding last year and after engineering assessment, the state government has now resolved to close the bridges for work which will cost hundreds of millions.
He explained that light trucks and busses can pass on the bridges but heavy trucks are restricted now to avoid total collapse and also for motorists’ safety before the commencement of the work.
The commissioner also advised motorists to use another alternative road for their movement of goods and services.
However, reports from the area revealed that the Gwaram community and other motorists flaying the road were on Friday demonstrated against the restriction imposed on the bridges.
According to one of the protesters Baban Fati Driver said, they demonstrated to call the attention of the government to provide them with alternative roads close to the bridges.
He said, as a result of the restriction imposed on the bridges, the fuel scarcity aggravated in the area while the price of foodstuffs and other materials have increased.