Shortcut to death: Abuja residents avoid pedestrian bridges

Shortcut to death: Abuja residents avoid pedestrian bridges

A noticeable feature of the highways in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are the pedestrian bridges. Given the busy nature of the roads, they are located in multiple parts of the city to help residents cross motorways without the risk of being hit by cars.

Many FCT residents have offered various reasons for abandoning the pedestrian bridges, including the relative distance from bus stops in some cases and the extra time required to complete the journey.

Emmanuel Patrick, a resident of Gishiri, told ICIR that the bridge at the NICON intersection was quite a distance from the bus stop.

He said walking to the bridge, crossing and back to the bus stop took a lot of time and energy, instead of just running across the street.

“Looking at the distance from where I have to walk, then get off (from the bridge) before I take a taxi, when you’re late, you just have to take the risk,” he said.

Climbing the steps of the pedestrian bridge at the NICON intersection is a titanic task for Esther Onyeno, who resides in the area.

“The pedestrian bridge is too far. And the steps, if you go up the first one, you won’t like doing it next time. The steps aren’t spaced apart and it’s usually painful on the thighs, ”he said.

In Abuja, most of the highways are usually divided by concrete and barbed wire barriers that act as barricades against road crossings. However, some of the barricades were vandalized in many areas.

The FCT administration had, therefore, resorted to building stronger road barricades with iron fences in areas such as Wuye and Area 3.

At the intersection of Area 3, this construction is still ongoing, but many locals and commuters don’t like it.

Some may still be spotted crossing the freeway and jumping through barriers despite construction work in progress.

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