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Ibadan-Lagos Expressway traffic hit Commuters

Ibadan-Lagos Expressway traffic hit Commuters
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Alternate routes around OPIC and Isheri will be upgraded to reduce congestion.

Commuters of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway have urged the federal government to adopt the necessary measures to lessen traffic on the road after contractors resume work on the site following the Festive period. Workers who had resumed back to the site were reportedly seen between Kara and OPIC on the Lagos-bound side of Section One of the expressway, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Some areas were being removed with earth-moving machinery while new building materials were laid on other areas.

There were Federal Roads Safety Corps and TRACE personnel directing traffic at the U-turn at the OPIC/Fatgbems gas station. The Lagos-bound traffic on the highway was flowing slowly at the time of the report. A number of drivers had complained about the one-hour wait they were subjected to due to the congestion that ensued when contractors resumed their work at the site. Commuters have both praised the speed with which work was resumed and stressed the need to reduce the adverse effects that traffic congestion near construction sites may have on their daily routines.

Julius Berger should utilize recyclable materials to fill trouble spots.

Commercial bus driver Mr Osas Idohasa, who travels the Ikeja-Ojodu and Wawa-Arepo routes, also expressed his appreciation for the prompt restart of construction and called for immediate action to be taken to ease traffic congestion. In order to cut down on income and time wasted, Idohasa has resolved to always check traffic conditions along the Wawa-Arepo axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway before transporting passengers. Mr Tirimisiu Adigun, a commercial motorcyclist who travels Beger-Arepo, argued for the need to build detours to reduce traffic and improve safety on the highway.

Furthermore, Mr Suleiman Alabi, a tipper driver at Fatgbems Bus Stop, urges Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the company in charge of the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, to contribute to the community by utilizing recyclable building materials to fix trouble spots along the highway to enhance the driving experience. He also requested that the government direct Julius Berger to improve the condition of the other lane between Wawa and Fatgbems. Ibafo locals have voiced concerns that illicit activity is being perpetuated as a result of the traffic jams between Berger and the Long Bridge and have called for effective measures to alleviate the traffic jams and improve road safety.

Plans for the remaining permanent work are being developed.

Mr. Umar Bakare, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, said that repairs between Kara and Long Bridge were under progress. Bakare, who oversees Section One from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu Interchange, said alternate routes around OPIC and Isheri will be upgraded to reduce congestion. According to him, when construction is moved to the lanes heading into Ibadan, the adjacent Isheri Road that passes in front of OPIC will be improved and made motorable to ease the traffic overflow created by the diversions.

Bakare claims that the roads near CMD Road, next to the Otedola Bridge Section of the highway, would also be made motorable to facilitate travel. On the Lagos-bound side, between the Long Bridge and Kara, however, he indicated that alternate routes couldn’t be built since that section had the right of way for gas pipelines. Plans for the remaining permanent work are being developed in collaboration with the traffic management plan and other stakeholders such as the police, the Federal Roads Safety Corps, and the traffic management organizations in Ogun and Lagos States, LATMA and TRACE.

Gov’t is committed to meet up with the scheduled completion date.

He also said that talks are underway with the Lagos State transportation, works, and infrastructure ministries, and announcements about our road network activities would be made frequently. This, he noted, is seen as a way to assist in educating the public about the true nature of labour and entertainment. Bakare indicated that the main road would be prioritized during the building of the Lotto interchange bridge to let vehicles go about in the meanwhile. He underlined the government’s commitment to the first quarter of 2023’s completion schedule for sections one and two, which, respectively, are slated to run from Ojota in Lagos State to the Sagamu Interchange and from the Sagamu Interchange to Ojoo in Ibadan.


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23 days ago

Ibadan-Lagos Expressway traffic hit Commuters – Alternate routes around OPIC and Isheri will be upgraded to reduce congestion. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
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23 days ago

The Lagos – Ibadan express way mostly faces a terrible traffic congestion. It makes it difficult for people to easily commute from one place to another. The government should construct alternate roads to make it less difficult for commuters.

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23 days ago

It is very unfortunate in Nigeria,if the citizens doesn’t beg or shout the government will not do the right thing.I don’t think it should get to this stage that people will be lamenting before the people incharge of the project will now start talking about alternative option.

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23 days ago

The Lagos-Ibadan express way is becoming more unsecured because of the construction going on at Kara Fagbems. It will be better for alternative road to be made available for safety and the decongestion of the road.

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23 days ago

We the travelers that use the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway have petitioned the federal government to take the steps that are required to reduce the amount of congestion on the road.

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23 days ago

A variety of motorists had voiced their dissatisfaction with the hour-long wait that they were forced to endure as a result of the congestion that was caused by the return of contractors to the site to continue their work.

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23 days ago

It is only in Nigeria that will see that while road construction is going on no alternative road is made. I will appeal to the federal government to please make the Isheri road motorable to decongest the traffic jam experience at Kara Fagbems area on the Lagos-Ibadan express way.

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23 days ago

In some sections, the old building materials were being removed with earth-moving machines while in others, the new building materials were being placed down.

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23 days ago

Commuters have both praised how quickly operations have started up again and voiced concerns about how traffic congestion around construction sites could cause problems.

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23 days ago

The traffic congestion on the Lagos Ibadan expressway is so alarming and the citizenry are really bearing the brunts the government need to benoroactive in order to alleviate the suffering of the people,if getting new routes to help will do it’s a welcome development.

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23 days ago

People in the area are worried that the traffic congestion between Berger and the Long Bridge is encouraging criminal activities. They have demanded that something be done to ease the traffic and make the roads safer.

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23 days ago

The Lagos–Ibadan expressway is usually congested. It hinders travel. To help commuters, the government could build alternative roadways.

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23 days ago

The traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is so bad that the government needs to take action to ease the people’s suffering. New routes would be good.

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23 days ago

Talks are already going on with the Lagos State transportation, works, and infrastructure ministries, and we expect to hear a lot about our efforts to improve the road network.

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23 days ago

Users of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway have formally requested that the central government implement measures to ease traffic congestion.

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23 days ago

During construction of the Lotto interchange bridge, priority would be given to the main route so that traffic could continue to move freely in the interim.

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23 days ago

Although it might have been so stressful for the people commuting the express highway but they should also try and understand that it’s all for development in the country. Julius Berger should just try and finish the work on time.

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23 days ago

The federal government to take the steps that are required to reduce the amount of congestion on the road and make available alternative roads for people while reconstructions are on going.

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22 days ago

Many drivers had expressed dissatisfaction with the hour-long wait they had to endure because of the traffic that developed when the site’s contractors resumed their work. There should be action taken.

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22 days ago

It is terrible that in Nigeria, if the populace doesn’t protest or beg, the government won’t act appropriately. I don’t believe it should reach to the point where people are bemoaning before those in charge of the project begin discussing alternatives.

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22 days ago

If alternative road is construct it will less the terrible traffic of Ibadan-Lagos Expressway because of the traffic people movement will not be fast it will be slow and not easier for them

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22 days ago

Ibadan-Lagos Expressway traffic hit Commuters. The traffic congestion at Ibadan expressway is too much. Government really need to do something to reduce it

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