THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE NIGERIAN ROAD SERVICE AND SUPPORT CENTERS: A CASE OF 9TH MILE ENUGU-NGWO, ENUGU STATE

I E Kikame, Bons N Obiadi

Abstract


Bad roads and poor implementation of the laws in Nigeria resulted in increase in roadside services including, but not limited to vehicle repair services and hawking. Vehicle roadside repair services and hawking have been attributed to traffic impediments and accidents on the Nigerian roads and highways because, the roads and highways lack road service centers. Major intersections on the Nigerian highways are constantly clustered and congested as a result of transporters and their passengers stopping to get their needs met. This is a common occurrence on the Nigerian highway, specifically, at 9th Mile, Enugu Ngwo, Enugu State with major connecting points tying Northern and Southern Nigeria. The area has a major brewery with different bottling plants at different locations, heavy industrial layouts with industrial activities that attracted haulage vehicles. All these have resulted in haulage vehicle, commercial vehicles, private cars and tricycles parking on both sides of the roads and impeding free flow of traffic. This paper aims at creating awareness and points to the fact that there is an architectural solution to the problem of traffic impedance occasioned by increasing road side parking along major highways, which is yet to be implemented at 9th mile. It adopted qualitative research methods that reviewed the planning patterns adopted in other support centers across the world, the grades existing and narrows down to the problem facing the 9th mile area of Ngwo Enugu State, hence it made recommendations that would discourage parking along major highway and hence lead to a safer highway

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