Agonies as traffic situation worsens on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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Travellers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway yesterday had a hectic time moving out and entering Lagos. No thanks to the failed portions on both sides of the dual carriage highway at Warewa, a roadside community after the five-kilometre long Bridge.

Motorists have for weeks, been enduring the gridlock caused by the gullies that narrow the multiple lanes to one on both sides.

The impatience of some motorists, especially, commercial bus operators, who drive against traffic, worsens the situation, forcing passengers to trek several kilometres.

Observers blamed the deteriorating conditions of the road on unregulated development on the corridor. They accused developers of channeling waste water into the road.

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It was learnt that the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) could have carried out remedial work but could not because of the franchise given to Julius Berger Construction Nigeria to redevelop the Sagamu Interchange/Ojota Toll Gate end of the 126.5-kilometre highway.

A FERMA official who spoke under anonymity said the agency could not rehabilitate the bad portions because of the subsisting contract between the government and the construction company.

It was learnt last night that road users and residents of some of the communities in the area will today stage a peaceful protest to draw the authority’s attention to their plights.

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