To underscore its commitment to road infrastructure development that seeks to touch every area of the State that may have been inadvertently left behind, the Lagos State Government has approved the construction of flyover bridges for two of the State’s high-density traffic zones – Ajah round about and Abule Egba junction.
The two major projects were approved by the State’s Executive Council and have been duly awarded to contractors for a speedy commencement of work.
In a statement, Sunday, by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the projects will be completed within 16 months as part of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s ongoing road infrastructure projects across the state.
The statement said the construction of the reinforced concrete flyover and signalised intersection at Ajah roundabout will be undertaken simultaneously with the rehabilitation of Freedom Road in Lekki, with a view to reducing the heavy traffic being recorded at the Ajah round-about and the Lekki-Ikoyi axis.
Ayorinde said the Ajah flyover bridge will have a solar-powered signalized intersection in order to greatly improve traffic, while the upgrade of Freedom Road is expected to ease traffic considerably for vehicles using the Third Roundabout to connect Lekki through Admiralty way.
While the Ajah project will ease movement of residents and commuters on the Lagos Island – Ibeju Lekki areas, the construction of the reinforced concrete dual-carriage flyover bridge at Abule Egba junction will equally bring joy and relief to millions of commuters that use the Lagos -Abeokuta Expressway in Ifako-Ijaye Local Government Area of the State on a daily basis when completed.
Like the Ajah project, Ayorinde said the Abule Egba flyover bridge will also have signalised intersection under it to service Oko-Oba and other link roads within the axis.
Ayorinde said that the State government has also awarded contracts for the rehabilitation and upgrade of strategic arterial/inner roads in Epe Local Government Area of the State.
While noting that Epe division of the State is currently undergoing rapid industrial and commercial growth arising from the commencement of developmental projects such as oil refinery, air and sea ports as well as citing of various industries within the Lekki Free Trade Zones (LFTZ), the Commissioner said a massive upgrade of strategic roads within the Epe division had become necessary.
According to him, some of the areas to be rehabilitated and upgraded in Epe include Lagos Road, Prof. Agbalajobi Road, Awolowo Road (Marine Police/Oke Oyinbo – Hamarun); as well as network of roads in Oloja Estate, Araga Road and Oke Osho junction –Itokin, among others.
The Commissioner said the newly awarded road contracts are coming on the heels of several other projects being constructed by the Ambode administration through the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, some of which are either completed or nearing completion.
He listed areas such as Brown Street in Oshodi, Ago Palace Way in Okota as well as Okota-Century road, Ijegun -Igando Road, Ayobo-Ipaja Road, Okesuna Street, Shomolu and Coker-Aguda Road in Surulere, as among projects at various stages of advance work.
He said as at last weekend, more than 300 roads have been repaired and rehabilitated through the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC)’s ceaseless road maintenance that has left no local government area unattended to.
In line with the government’s zero tolerance for potholes, Ayorinde said another hundred roads have been earmarked for repairs before the new year to underscore Governor Ambode’s top priority to ensure motorable roads and infrastructural development across the State.