FRSC insists on 50kmph around road construction zones
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
“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