Road Network News #Update
The incessant traffic congestion caused by the members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway especially during their monthly retreat may soon be history as Berger, the construction company handling a section of the road announced that a huge interchange will be constructed to channel vehicles going in and out.
Mr. Wolfgang Losesser, the Division Manager of Julius Berger, in a briefing session with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the interchange will contain the huge vehicular traffic around the church.
He said in the next couple of days, massive construction work will commence on the road. Though, Julius Berger is handling Section One from Lagos to the Sagamu Interchange, he said 17 kilometres of the three-lane, 43-kilometre road had been completed.
“From Shagamu driving towards here, the first 17 kilometres on the Lagos bound side has already been completed. Then you realise that it has gone back to the old two lanes. Here we are just doing some palliative work because the rainy season is coming and we are working on the drainage,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed yesterday, began the inspection of Federal Government’s infrastructural projects across the country with a visit to Papalanto, to inspect the on-going construction of the standard gauge rail line built to link Lagos and Ibadan.
In his remarks, Alhaji Lai Mohammed explained that the recent extension of the scope of work was in anticipation of the huge traffic coming out of Lagos to the Sagamu interchange.
“Some 70% of the traffic coming to Lagos is from the Lagos-Sagamu Exchange… which explains why the Lagos-Sagamu comprises 3 lanes on each side while the Sagamu Ibadan comprises 2 lanes on each side,” he said.
He also expressed happiness at the pace of work and called on the contractor to deliver on the project as scheduled. He said “Already, travel time on the expressway has been reduced, accidents have also reduced and security has been enhanced.”