Bad roads: Engineers seek return of weigh bridges on highways

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THE Nigerian Society of Engineers has called for the re-introduction of the weigh balance bridges and implementation of maximum Axle load on highways across Nigeria.

The engineers stated that this is the only panacea to the deteriorating state of the roads across Nigeria.

This was the position of participants at the Engineer Abdukkadir Lapai Annual Lecture organised by the Minna branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers in Niger State.

Sunday Kolo of the Department of Civil Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Minna, in his lecture titled ‘Total quality control in the conception, construction and maintenance of roads in a developing economy’, said that the reintroduction of weighing machine at major strategic locations will monitor load capacity.

He blamed the bad state of roads across the country on lack of monitoring and insisted vehicle with high capacities should not be allowed on some roads.

“A well designed, well-constructed road will fail if the issue of Axle Law is not infused. There is need to reintroduce weigh balance and weigh bridge on the Nigerian roads.

This will go a long way to maintain the road and maintain its long life,” he argued.

The engineers then called on government to design and construct roads to all applicable standards stressing that agencies should be allowed to carry out their functions without interference,” he said.

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