Commuters plying the Lagos-Badagry express road have expressed concern over the durability of the expansion work on the ever busy road, following a failed portion of the yet to be commissioned Lot 1 of the 10 lane-road project.
The Lot 1 is being constructed by Julius Berger Construction Company and it is between Orile and Mile 2 Bus Stop. It is expected to incorporate a Light Rail Transport, LRT, on the median and a Bus rapid Transit, BRT.
Due to this failed portion, commuters have hectic time getting to their destinations daily, as the failed under bridge Bus Stop section elicit terrible traffic gridlock.
The deep craters on the ever busy road force drivers linking the road from Oshodi-Apapa Express road and Orile end to either wait indefinitely in the traffic or drive on the dedicated lane for the rail transport.
Commercial bus operators
People were forced to trek long distances, while commercial bus operators popularly called Danfo seized the opportunity to make brisk business.
When Vanguard visited the scene, vehicles were stuck while trying to avoid the failed portions of the road. Some of the vehicles stuck, were forced to seek the assistance of miscreants who charge exorbitant fees to bring them out.
Vanguard observed that a Sports Utility Vehicle, SUV, with Lagos registration number FB 363 APP was stuck while trying to avoid the failed portion.
Also, police officers, deployed to manage the traffic caused by the bad portion, were overwhelmed by the enormity of the chaotic situation. And they were forced to find respite in the nearest hide out to cool off.
Mr. Bakare Fadahunsi, a commuter who spoke to our reporter, regretted that the road could become a problem, even when the construction company handling the project was still on site.
Fadahunsi said “When a busy road that was expected to serve commuter for several years has began to give way like this, it showed that the road is substandard.”
Mrs. Nnena Uchechi, on her part wondered why a construction will be allowed to do such shoddy job, adding “The construction company was known to be very good in road construction but for this, it is a shoddy construction.”
Uchechi lamented “This morning, I had to spend several quality time in the bus. And when I realised that the traffic caused by the failed portion will delay my activities, I alighted from the bus and started to trek.”
Exceptional traffic delay
It started like a dream last Friday after the close of work when the traffic started building up as motorists tried to maneuver their way home.
It was discovered that the failed portion of the ongoing construction work Under Mile-Two bridge was the cause of the problem as the vehicles could not easily ascend nor descend the bridge
Mile 2 bus-stop serves as a transit point to road users on Apapa-Oshodi expressway and Lagos-Badagry international route.
The condition of the road since the reconstruction work started has never been this bad with the sufferings of the road users aggravated.