Ahead of the Yuletide and to ensure the smooth travelling experience for motorists, the Federal Government on Tuesday opened the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to traffic.
The government also inspected the progress of repair works on the Ikorodu/Sagamu road.
Opening the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, said the highway was “special and very dear to the Federal Government’’.
He explained that it was important because the road began from Apapa ports and terminates in the northern part of the country.
Kuti added that it took traffic from the 36 states of the federation, hence, the speedy completion of repairs around the construction zones and opening the highway to traffic.
“A lot of people are coming out of Lagos going home for the celebration and some are also coming in from all the states of the federation into Lagos.
“What we are doing today is to open up all the construction areas and open up the entire highway to traffic for the period of the season, we will resume our work in January,’’ he said.
He said the ministry was going to use the dry season to speed up reconstruction of the highway, adding that all hands were on deck with the contractors working tirelessly to achieve speedy completion.
Kuti said that the section one of the project which spans from Ojota in Lagos State to the Sagamu Interchange was awarded at an initial cost of N70 billion but the sum was reviewed upward to N134 billion after additional works were added to the project.
He said that increase in the volume of work on the site meant an extension of completion time for the project.
“For now we are opening up this road for the use of the motoring public and I want to also seize this opportunity to, on behalf of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, to appeal to motorists and commuters using this road to drive safely with caution, observe all traffic rules and regulations, including speed.
“On our own part, in the meantime, we are handing over to the Federal Roads Safety (FRSC) so that they take control of traffic on the road,’’ he said.
The Sector Commander of the FRSC, Ogun State, Mr Clement Oladele, said that the FRSC was going to be on 24 hours surveillance of the highway to prevent gridlock and accidents.
He said that in 2017 the Lagos to Ogun end of the highway recorded 1.8 million travellers and about two million travellers had used the highway from January to date.
He said that a special operations unit had been set up by the FRSC for the Yuletide to manage traffic on the highway from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15 in 2019.
He explained that 210 deaths due to road crashes were recorded on the Ogun side of the highway in 2017 but efforts were on to stop road crashes across the federation.
“We are estimating that minimum of 350,000 vehicles will move on this road this season.
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