FRSC in­sists on 50kmph around road con­struc­tion zones

The Punch - - TRANSPORT - Sto­ries: Mau­reen Ihua-maduenyi

The Fed­eral Road Safety Corps has warned mo­torists against reck­less driv­ing around con­struc­tion zones on the La­gos - Ibadan Ex­press­way, say­ing that vi­o­la­tors will be pros­e­cuted.

Ac­cord­ing to the FRSC Ogun State Sec­tor Com­man­der, Cle­ment Oladele, as the con­trac­tor, Julius Berger, has made some traf­fic di­ver­sions, which took ef­fect from Tues­day, Jan­uary 14, mo­torists should ex­pect slow move­ment in view of the usu­ally high ve­hic­u­lar in­flux into La­gos.

Oladele said, “Mo­torists should note the in­for­ma­tion from Julius Berger is that the re­pair work on the other sec­tions around the Ogun River-kara Bridge along the La­gos-ibadan Ex­press­way is ex­pected to take place be­tween Jan­uary 13 and Fe­bru­ary 29, 2020.

“Mo­torists should note that the ar­eas where di­ver­sions were re­moved on the La­gos-ibadan and the Sagamu- Ijebu Ode - Ore Benin ex­press­ways are still con­struc­tion zones and they should there­fore main­tain the stip­u­lated 50km per hour max­i­mum speed limit as well as re­frain from over­tak­ing till they are clearly out of con­struc­tion zone. Vi­o­la­tors are li­able to pros­e­cu­tion.”

he stated that mo­torists should also note the need to drive cau­tiously as re­pair work was on­go­ing by the Reynolds Con­struc­tion Com­pany on the Sagamu In­ter­change Bridge, partly burnt in the De­cem­ber 25, 2019 twin-tanker crash.

Oladele urged mo­torists to obey the FRSC mar­shals con­trol­ling the flow of traf­fic in ad­di­tion to the road signs erected to guide driv­ing along the road.

he said, “Mo­torists should drive cau­tiously, and obey ex­tant traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions, and par­tic­u­larly re­sist the temp­ta­tion of driv­ing against traf­fic for what­ever rea­son, due to the dan­gers in­her­ent in such un­whole­some prac­tice.

“They should also plan their jour­ney to ac­com­mo­date ad­di­tional travel time re­quired to nav­i­gate around ar­eas where lanes have nar­rowed due to the con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties of the two ma­jor con­struc­tion com­pa­nies, the RCC and Julius Berger, who have re­sumed the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Benin - Ore - Ijebu Ode - Sagamu and the La­gos Ibadan

Ex­press­ways.

“This is in ad­di­tion to the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties of the Ogun State Pub­lic Works Agency in roads re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion across Ogun State.”

The Fed­eral Min­istry of Works had ear­lier as­sured mo­torists that the con­struc­tion work on Berger/kara Bridge would be faster than the in­bound while the FRSC said that there would be free flow of traf­fic as its of­fi­cials would be on the ground to ease move­ment of ve­hi­cles.

•L-R: Se­nior Trans­port Specialist, Nige­ria Trans­port Sec­tor/pro­gramme Co­or­di­na­tor, Trans­port Global Prac­tice, World Bank, An­thony Edykok­ouvi; Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Nige­rian Ports Author­ity, Hadiza Bala Us­man; Se­nior Trans­port Specialist, Trans­port and Dig­i­tal De­vel­op­ment, World Bank, Olatunji Ahmed; and Se­nior Trans­port Specialist, Nige­ria Trans­port Sec­tor/pro­gramme Co­or­di­na­tor, World Bank, Farhad Ahmed, dur­ing the World Bank team’s visit to the NPA head of­fice in La­gos… on Mon­day. Photo: NPA

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