By Kingsley Adegboye
FOLLOWING the deplorable state of some federal roads in Lagos State, the federal government has commenced emergency and remedial repair works on some of the roads and bridges in the state.
Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Godwin Eke, an engineer, who made this known in a chat with journalists on Sunday, said that some bad roads require urgent attention, pointing out that the federal government was determined to make all federal roads in Lagos and across the nation motorable.
Eke added that some of the roads have been completed while others are still undergoing repairs, explaining that remedial works on both carriageways of Apongbon bridge undulations had since been completed. He noted that speed was achieved on the project because the contractors worked at night.
According to him, ongoing emergency repair projects include repairs on Ijora Causeway, Ijora Flyover (East Link), Funsho Williams Avenue, replacement of one expansion joint on Eko Bridge, Costain Roundabout to Eko Bridge Ramp and Costain to Iganmu Bridge (Orile Bound).
Others are Funsho Williams Bridge to Alaka, Carter Bridge Roundabout to LAWMA Junction (Eko Bridge Bound Carriageway), Herbert Macaulay Way (Jibowu Junction to Adekunle Junction) and Outer Marina to Ahmadu Bellow way (from Apongbon Bridge to Bonny Camp).
Also included are Falomo Roundabout through Kingsway Road to Osborne Road, Apapa Road to Western Avenue (between Iganmu Bridge Ramp and Western Avenue Bridge Ramp (Alaka Bound Carriageway), Apapa Road towards Iganmu Bridge (Orile Bound) which are receiving attention.
Eke said that Ijora Olopa to Ijora 7Up (beside Oloye Nursery and Primary School (Ijora Olopa bound), Alaka to Apongbon through Eko Bridge (both carriageways), Onikan Junction through Independence Bridge to Apongbon Bridge (Apongbon bound) are equally undergoing repairs.
He stated that Lagos Island/General Hospital to Apongbon, Onikan/Lagos Island to Apongbon through Apongbon Bridge/CMS (CMS bound), Eko Bridge to Ijora, Ijora to Apapa Road through underneath Iganmu Flyover (Costain Bound) and National Theatre Train Station to Costain (Costain bound) are being worked upon.
He said that government was concluding plans for other roads not yet captured, appealing to Lagos residents to be patient with the federal government, as the repairs would soon reach other roads. He said “Due to paucity of funds, government cannot repair all the roads at the same time”.
Earlier, the controller said that Apapa Oshodi/Tin Can Island Road is undergoing procurement and that the government is also planning permanent reconstruction of roads on the Apapa/Tin Can Island/Oshodi Road corridor to reduce gridlock/congestion to the barest minimum.
“We will carry out some palliatives as soon as the procurement process is concluded. The high water table in Apapa requires proper design and adoption of rigid pavement to ensure longevity of our roads”, Eke noted.