Motorists using the still busy Lagos-Ibadan highway are expected to experience slow vehicle traffic as the federal government steps up rehabilitation works.
The Lagos State Government (LASG), which announced it yesterday, said there would be a diversion around mile zero to five near Lagos, lasting six months.
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The Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, has a target of December 2022 for the completion of the 127.6 kilometer long road project managed by Julius Berger and RCC. While Julius Berger takes care of the Lagos-Shagamu axis, the RCC is in charge of the Shagamu-Ibadan section of the highway.
The road is one of the critical highways in Nigeria, being the main connecting route between the country’s seaport and the hinterland. Thousands of cargo and oil trucks as well as passenger vehicles use this road daily.
Prior to the diversion, the Lagos State Government rolled out traffic diversion plans as rehabilitation works on the identified axis commence on June 9, 2022, while the diversion would last for six months.
According to the rehabilitation schedule contained in the notification, kilometers zero to five of the Lagos/Shagamu highway will be modified to divert traffic.
He assured that the other lanes of the highway will be accessible to motorists for the duration of the work.
Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said traffic and diversion signs will be installed along the route to guide motorists on their journeys and ensure safety, adding that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority will be on hand to control traffic flow.
The transport commissioner called for patience and understanding as the construction is geared towards a better transport system and improved economic activity.