The Federal Government has shifted the planned closure of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for repairs from Aug. 3 to September 2.
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr Adedamola Kuti, made the announcement in Lagos on Friday.
He explained that due to the busy nature of the highway, the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing had made announcements earlier on the closure, in a bid to reduce stress for commuters on the highway.
Kuti added that because the FG and the contractor handling the rehabilitation were sensitive to the plight of road users, they decided to shift the construction to Sept. 2 from Aug. 3 scheduled earlier for commencement of work.
“You may wish to know that the road project is an ongoing one and the contractor’s mode of operation is to create diversion as necessary to enable reconstruction work to be carried out at a specific location.
“This has been done on several occasions along the alignment.
“The intended reconstruction and expansion work of the section between Berger Junction and Kara Bridge of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is designed to follow the same way.
“This location has high volume of traffic and commercial activities, hence an early release of information to the public to intimate them of the planned work.
“The idea is to divert traffic at this location to enable construction work to be carried out.
“To ensure effective traffic management and show sensitivity to Nigerians, the government and the contractors have now reviewed the work plan.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had restated its commitment to deliver reliable, efficient, safe and effective intermodal transport system that will enhance mass movement of Lagosians through the expansion of BRT routes and completion of rail and water transportation infrastructure in the state.
Governor Sanwo-Olu stated this on Thursday while delivering his keynote address at the fourth Lagos Traffic Radio Lecture Series held at the Radio Lagos/Eko FM Multi-purpose Hall, Agidingbi-Ikeja with the theme, ‘Lagos Beyond Roads: The Intermodal Transport Option’.
The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, disclosed the State Government’s commitment to fund to completion, the 27.1km Blue Rail line from Okokomaiko to Marina, adding that the state is already partnering with the Federal Government through the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) on sharing the alignment on the Lagos-Ibadan project which substantially falls on the same alignment with the Red Line.