Julius Berger and Federal Authorities have announced that construction work at Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will necessitate a partial closure of the freeway from the 3rd of August 2019. Mr Adedamola Kuti, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, stated on Sunday that the partial closure will help to meet the December deadline for the project completion.
“What we are doing is to finish the project before Christmas when more people will be travelling. We are not closing the road totally; we are providing routes where people will follow and once everyone is patient, everything will go well,” Kut said.
Also the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun State Command, last week had announced that there will be a partial closure of a section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway  for rehabilitation. The FRSC enjoined the general public, especially motorists to use alternative corridors like the Epe/Ajah – Ijebu – Ode ; Lagos – Ota – Itori – Abeokuta, and Ikorodu – Sagamu as alternative routes to access Lagos. In a statement, Florence Okpe, the agency’s route commander and public education officer, said the construction firm, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, will begin the rehabilitation of the lanes inward Lagos from August 3. He said the Lagos-inbound traffic will be diverted to the second lane, as he urged motorists to drive within the speed limit of 50km per hour. “This is to bring to the attention of the public, that in view of the ongoing road rehabilitation work on the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, the construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC has notified the Corps of extension of rehabilitation work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from around Berger to KARA bridge (otherwise known as Ogun river bridge, around the Kara cattle market) on the Lagos-Ibadan section of the Expressway, covering 1.4 kilometers commencing from Saturday 03 August 2019.
“The rehabilitation work which would initially affect 600 meters of the corridor would cause the temporary closure of the inward Lagos traffic, to enable the construction company effect the rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and temporary diversion of traffic that would transfer the Lagos inbound traffic to the same carriageway conveying traffic outward Lagos, thereby making both the traffic inward and outward Lagos accommodated on the same section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway . “The general public, especially motorists are advised to use alternative corridors like the Epe/Ajah – Ijebu – Ode ; Lagos – Ota – Itori – Abeokuta, and Ikorodu – Sagamu as alternative routes to access Lagos,” the statement read. Last week Friday also some motorists operating within Sango-Ota area of Ogun state and its environs, urged the Federal Government to urgently repair the Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway, describing it as nightmare. They expressed their concern in interviews in Ota, Ogun. The motorists alleged that a tanker loaded with petroleum products lost control as a result to break failure and killed a pedestrian, while another was injured on July 20, at the Joju Area, of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. They added that another accident that injured four persons also happened on the expressway when a truck overturned due to the bad road on Thursday at the Joju area. According to them, the deplorable state of the road is inflicting serious pains on motorists plying the expressway. Mr Temidayo Ogunrinde, said that the bad portions of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway had become death traps to users of the road, following the notable presence of potholes. “We have also witnessed accidents that left injured victims and taken the lives of many people. “The potholes make it easy for trucks and tankers to overturn and this often cause gridlocks,’’ he said. Minimum wage: NLC begins indefinite strike Jan. 8(Opens in a new browser tab) Another road user, Mr Sule Mustapha, who is a commercial driver, stressed the need for the federal government to urgently repair the road, saying that they spend huge funds to repair their vehicles. “The deplorable state of the road has caused users a lot of discomforts, apart from reducing the life span of our vehicles,’’ he said. Mustapha also said that their profits have drastically reduced because the bad road had reduced the number of trips they could make daily. Mr Babatunde Ajayi, a resident of Sango-Ota, said that armed robbers were using the opportunity to rob innocent people at night, especially at bad portions of the road. Ajayi explained that motorists plying the road spend hours in traffic, before getting to their destinations, adding that such stress was not good for their health. He also said that this development caused some impatient drivers to drive against traffic, also leading to road mishaps. Ajayi added that the bad state of the road had also affected business activities negatively in the area.
Road users in that axis are desperately appealing to the construction company and the federal authorities to do all within their power to ensure that the project is completed as soon as possible and that commuters are well taken care of during the project period.