The Ogun State Government on Tuesday said that it was collaborating with the Julius Berger Nigeria PLC to speed up the rehabilitation works on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, said this at a news conference in Abeokuta.
The Federal Government had awarded the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the entire Lagos/Ibadan Expressway to Julius Berger Nig. PLC and Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) in 2013.
Julius Berger Construction Company is handling the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the road from the Lagos end to Sagamu inter-change end of the road.
RCC is handling the Ibadan –end up to Sagamu inter-change.
Adegbite said that Julius Berger’s had returned to site and resumed rehabilitation at the Kilometre 12 area of the expressway, otherwise known as the “long bridge’.
This had continued to cause heavy traffic for Lagos inbound and outbound passengers, he said.
He said that the state government was concerned about the stress that the exercise had brought to bear on passengers.
The commissioner said that the state government had opened up an alternative road, close to the bridge, to ease the gridlock around the area.
Adegbite, however, explained that trucks would be prevented from using the alternative road, being narrow, adding that only smaller vehicles would be allowed to have access to it.
He said that the contractors had also agreed to work day and night to speed up the work while traffic controllers from the state would join their federal counterparts to ease traffic in the area.
The commissioner added that the state was making arrangement to beef up security around the area to check activities of hoodlums.
He said that hoodlums had begun to take undue advantage of the situation to attack innocent commuters mostly at nights around the long bridge.
He warned motorists driving against traffic to stop forthwith warning that the state traffic administrators would start to deflate the tyres of vehicles that continued to violate the warning.
Mr Wolfgang Loasser, the Division Manager (West) of the construction company appealed to motorists to bear with the contractors while the rehabilitation was ongoing.
He said that the rehabilitation on both sides of the express road would be completed by the end of November.
“One major challenge that has been compounded indiscipline among road users.
“Many motorists are inpatient and are always in a hurry.
“We call for patience to enable us complete the project in good time,’’ he said.