The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr Adedamola Kuti, has made an appeal to motorists to drive carefully along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to avoid accidents and gridlocks.
In the course of a project monitoring tour, Kuti revealed that the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Section 1 was the busiest road in Africa due to its high traffic volume. He further said that the traffic situation normally reduced after Sagamu Interchange, but impatient road users often caused avoidable congestion within the construction zones.
Addressing journalists at the recently completed section close to Mountain of Fire Miracle Ministries, the Controller said it was important to update Nigerians about the situation of the road.
“We came around to explain to Nigerians the situation of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“A couple of days ago up till Saturday work was ongoing here and it resulted in a very serious gridlock which is really uncalled for,” Kuti said.
He explained that a truck had broken down in the area, but before traffic authorities could create free flow of movement, motorists started driving against traffic, leading to an accident that worsened the traffic on the road.
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On-going work at Lagos-Ibadan expressway
“In a construction zone people should not drive 120 kilometers an hour. If they drive 50 kilometers an hour as recommended in construction zones, we would not have any problems,” he said.
Speaking on the progress of the ongoing project, Kuti stated that 40 percent of the Section 1, the portion from Ojota in Lagos to the Sagamu Interchange in Ogun, had been completed as a result of intensified works. He also said that the Mountain of Fire Section of the highway had been completed, and appealed to motorists to exercise patience driving along the construction zones.
Regional Manager, Julius Berger, Mr Thomas Balzuweit, said that there was an efficient traffic management system in place that required the cooperation of motorists to thrive.