Work commences on Lagos-Badagry Expressway…..
Written by tobi adejare on July 2, 2019
The continuation of the re-construction of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway has began.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat flagged off the next phase of the re-construction of the road project at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex along Badagry expressway, Lagos.
Dr. Hamzat said that the continuation of the next phase of the road re-construction would be between Agboju and the Lagos International Trade-Fair.
He said that the road was to be extended from the original four lanes to ten lanes.
He promised that the project would be completed by December this year.
Dr. Hamzat however, appealed to road users in Lagos state to show understanding and bear with the inconveniences the road construction might cause them.
He urged them to follow traffic rules and shun the act of driving against traffic otherwise known as “one way” as this would result to traffic gridlock on the portion of roads where road users were meant to manage while the re-construction last.
He however, said that there would be task force on patrol along the expressway to arrest whoever violates traffic rules while the road reconstruction last.
The Deputy Governor also announced that the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA, had collaborated with the Lagos State Government to reconstruct Igbo-Elerin to Agbara axis along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
He explained that the road reconstruction along Igbo-Elerin to Agbara would still maintain the four lane dimension because of the pipelines lacing the sides of the road.
In a remark, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olujimi Hotonu, explained that ten years into the reconstruction of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, LOT 1 which was Eric Moore to Mile 2 and LOT 2A segment one, that is Mile 2 to Agboju had been completed.
He explained that the scope of works on the expressway would include the provision of Lay-bys for buses and service duct, construction of Pedestrian Bridges, BRT Bus stops, Park and Ride depots, Tolled link interchange and flyovers.
Others are Construction of Toll Plazas, Road signs, traffic lights and landscaping.
Mr. Hotonu however, said that while the road construction was on hold, the right of way and the work done so far on the expressway had been heavily compromised.
He said there was need to recover the completed portions of the expressway from shanties erected for illegal trading activities and habitation.
He stressed that there was also refuse and crystal nuisance that needed to be sanitized to restore sanity to the road.
After the programme, the Deputy Governor’s convoy arrested three drivers of commercial vehicles for driving against traffic and a private vehicle owner for breaking traffic rule.