Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: FG Orders 72 Hours Partial Closure, Advises Alternative Routes For Motorists

The Federal Government on Tuesday, through the Federal Controller of Works for Lagos State, Kayode Popoola, has said there will be traffic diversion on the Lagos-Sagamu axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway for 72 hours to enable the contractor install a bridge beam. The three-day diversion would last between Wednesday, July 28 and Friday, July 30.

 

Popoola further explained that, traffic diversion on the route, will be around the km 37 plus 100 axis of the road; an axis close to Makun, near Sagamu Interchange.

 

As a result, the government, urged motorists plying the Lagos-Ibadan expressway axis to consider using alternative routes or be ready to follow diversion guidelines.

 

The Controller said traffic would be diverted on a stretch of 400 meters around the construction zone where beams are to be laid on the flyover.

 

He said, “As part of the progress achieved on the road construction, the contractor will launch the beams and that will take us about 72 hours.

 

“Diversion has been created about 800 meters away, 400 before and 400 after the point of the construction. Any vehicle coming from Ibadan coming towards Makun at kilometre 37 plus 100 would have to shift to Lagos bound lane and would join its original lane 400 meters after.

 

“It’s not like we’re trying to close the Lagos-Ibadan or that there is going to be any gridlock. We’re only using this opportunity to tell the public that it’s only 72 hours that the diversion will be created. It’s not partial closure and it’s not total closure.”

 

Federal Controller Kayode Popoola has also debunked reports that the road will be closed for three months; and enjoined motorists to watch out for road signs and follow safety guidelines.

 

Earlier in November 2020, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola stated that the Federal Government is committed to finishing the Lagos-Ibadan expressway road project handled by Julius Berger despite the drop in oil prices.

 

Fashola said, section I of the project was the rehabilitation, reconstruction, and expansion of the Lagos-Ibadan dual carriageway of about 43.6km commencing from the old toll gate, at Oregun/Ikosi-Ketu Lagos, terminating at Shagamu Interchange in Ogun State and the second phase is 84km, starting from Shagamu Interchange to Ibadan.

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