Chaos on La­gos-Ibadan Ex­press­way as con­trac­tors stop work

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

The stop of work on the La­gos-Ibadan Ex­press­way has com­pli­cated traf­fic sit­u­a­tion there, pas­sen­gers and traf­fic man­age­ment of­fi­cials have cried out.

Chaos re­turned to the ever-busy high­way when Julius Berger and RCC han­dling phases one and two of the project left their sites, aban­don­ing the re­con­struc­tion project which had reached ad­vanced stage at both ends of the two phases: La­gos-Shagamu and Shagamu-Ibadan.

Checks by our cor­re­spon­dent at the week­end showed that the con­struc­tion of­fi­cials de­serted the sites leav­ing many sec­tions of the ex­press­way clut­tered with nar­row sec­tions and road di­ver­sions.

There was a huge traf­fic snarl on the ex­press­way through­out Sat­ur­day when sev­eral trucks broke down on the nar­rowed lanes. This was fur­ther com­pounded by the monthly ac­tiv­i­ties of churches on the ex­press­way.

Many trav­el­ers and mo­torists were stuck for hours when a trailer fully loaded with alu­minum ma­te­ri­als blocked one of the lanes. The traf­fic stretched to the early hours of yes­ter­day be­fore of­fi­cials of the Fed­eral Road Safety Com­mis­sion (FRSC) evac­u­ated the ar­tic­u­lated ve­hi­cle.

A com­mer­cial mo­torist ply­ing LagosIbadan, Mr. Ay­o­dele Shina, said he spent over six hours from La­gos to Ibadan. He and many other mo­torists as well as pas­sen­gers called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to re­solve what­ever made the con­trac­tors to leave the ex­press­way in such dis­ar­ray.

Speak­ing with our cor­re­spon­dent, Zonal Com­man­der of FRSC, Mr. Shehu Saki said road safety of­fi­cials were be­ing over-stretched as a re­sult of the chaos.

He com­mended Gov­er­nor Bello for ap­prov­ing the con­struc­tion of an over­head pedes­trian bridge near the col­lege gate to pre­vent fur­ther ac­ci­dents and loss of lives.

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