Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has noted that the reconstruction and expansion of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway which the Federal Government flagged off at the weekend will generate several thousands of jobs for Nigerians.

Managing director of the company Mr. Wolfgang Goetsch who made this known in a chat with Vanguard Homes & Property, said his firm had estimated approximately 1,200,000 cubic metres of earthworks, removal of approximately 940,000 square metres of damaged asphalt and the laying of more than 2,000metres of pipe culverts.

President Goodluck Jonathan (m) being assisted by Mr Hartlied Harald, Asphalt Supervisor, Julius Berger (left) and Gov Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, operating construction equipment during the flag off ceremony of Lagos Ibadan Expressway Reconstruction  in Sagamu  photo by Joe Akintola
President Goodluck Jonathan (m) being assisted by Mr Hartlied Harald, Asphalt Supervisor, Julius Berger (left) and Gov Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, operating construction equipment during the flag off ceremony of Lagos Ibadan Expressway Reconstruction in Sagamu photo by Joe Akintola

Other areas of job creation during the project according to Goetsch include approximately 50,000 metres of U-channels and approximately 66,000 metres of lined drains, adding that the company is planning to process approximately 1.2 million tons of aggregates, 698,000 tons of a new asphaltic base course to laid, asphaltic binder and wearing course as well as 41,000 metres of a concrete median barrier to be constructed.

The scope of works to be executed under section 1 of the expressway which is between Lagos Old Toll Gate and Shagamu Interchange, totaling 43.6 km being handled by Julius Berger includes reconstruction of the existing two lane carriageway in each direction and addition of a third lane to make three lanes in each direction.

The width of the carriageway is 10.95m with adjoining 2.75m outer hard shoulder, 1.8m inner hard shoulder and a median. The thickness of the pavement is made up of 150mm sub-base, 200mm crushed base, 150mm Macadam, 60mm asphaltic concrete binder course and 40mm asphaltic concrete wearing course. The works also involve the construction of an interchange at the Redemption Camp, five bridges as well as the maintenance of the existing 10 bridges amongst other ancillary works.

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