By Kingsley Adegboye
Appraising its performance in the last four years, the Lagos State Government last week, said it has completed a total number of 150 roads covering a length of 176.03 kilometres. Similarly, work is ongoing on another 197.20 kilometers of roads.
These highlights were contained in the account of stewardship presented by the Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Fashola on Works and Infrastructure, Engr Ganiyu Johnson. Engr Johnson who assured Lagosians that there would be massive infrastructure improvement programmes in all nooks and crannies of the state in the next four years of Fashola’s administration, also disclosed that the State Public Works Corporation has maintained a total of 195 roads while 132 others are under construction in different parts of the state.
Engr Johnson further disclosed that the Works Ministry has completed 30 public buildings ranging from High and Magistrate Courts, play grounds, maternal child care centres and e-learning Centre while 47 other public building projects are at various stages of construction. He pointed out that in addition to the streetlights provided along the newly constructed roads, about 2,445 poles spanning 85.58 kilometres of street lighting projects were installed in different parts of the state during the period under review.
The period under review also witnessed special road projects embarked upon by the Fashola administration such as the reconstruction and expansion of the ten-lane Lagos/Badagry Expressway, Okota/Itire overhead link bridge and road works as well as Admiralty-Alexander Lekki/Ikoyi link bridge.
According to him, the Lagos/Badagry Expressway which completion stage is 42 per cent with all inner roads completed, was embarked upon due to exponential growth of Lagos population and the spatial expansion of property development along the axis which has become overstressed and in dire need of serious expansion to accommodate the increased traffic demand.
Upon completion, he said, the new Lagos/Badagry Expressway which incorporates a light rail and BRT corridor will further enhance tourism and economic activities along the axis. It will also reduce travel time, increase property value, reduce environmental hazards and create employment.
He said the completed Okota/Itire link bridge which is already in use has reduced average travel time, reduced running cost of vehicles and cost of transportation. The road has also increased socio-economic activities as well as the value of properties in the area.
On the Admiralty/Alexander link bridge otherwise called Lekki/Ikoyi link bridge, Engr Johnson said it has attained 45 per cent completion stage. When completed, the bridge will reduce travel time, improve environmental condition of the area, promote real estate development and enhance property value in the neighbourhood.