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Motorists groan as Lagos roads deteriorate

By Albert Akpor

LAGOS — MOTORISTS plying major roads in Lagos State are currently doing that in pains as a result of potholes that have taken over the roads.

From the Orile-Iganmu end of the Lagos-Badagry express way to Agege Motor road, the Ikotun\Egbe road to Oshodi\Apapa expressway, the story is not different.

The situation has been made worse following the recent down pour which washed open the holes making them deeper. Mostly hit are those plying Lagos\Badagry and Oshodi\Apapa expressways with each motorist trying to outsmart the other.

The situation is even made worst when heavy duty vehicles while trying to avoid failed portions falls and blocks the entire road.

Such was the experience last Friday at the Berger-yard busstop along the Oshodi-Apapa expressway.  Before the flyover bridge at the bus stop, a truck carrying a container had tripped while trying to maneuver the failed portion of the road and  blocked the entire road leading to Kirirkiri town and the beachland estate.  The snarled up traffic caused by that act was better imagined than experienced.

Commuters were left with no option than to trek several miles to their destinations as the traffic stretched to the Cele bus end of the expressway.

Most motorists who had spent hours in the traffic  had to abandoned their vehicles and trekked to their offices and business points.

As this was going on, some street urchins popularly called area boys had positioned themselves by the failed portion waiting for any vehicle that would slip into the craters.  A motorist who spoke on condition of anonymity who mistakenly slipped into one of the holes told Vanguard that he had to part with N1,500.00 to get his vehicle pulled out.


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