The Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola has inspected the first phase of the rehabilitation of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
The Nation reports that he said completion of the first phase had positively impacted on traffic, adding that this will facilitate movement of persons and goods this yuletide.
Fashola praised Julius Berger for delivering the project before the December 31 deadline.
He said the second phase, from 30th to 43rd kilometre, will involve asphalting.
The minister hailed road users for their patience and understanding and inconvenience experienced.
He said the government restricted movement to enable Julius Berger fix critical aspect of the project.
Fashola said although many Nigerians were doubtful, the level of work is evidence of progress.
He praised the Ogun State government for its intervention during the repairs.
The minister urged Nigerians to show more sacrifice and understanding, as Julius Berger repairs other segments of the road.
Besides Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Fashola said major repairs and rehabilitation were going on across the country.
Fashola said the construction giant would next year accelerate work on other sections to facilitate easy movement.
He added: “I must caution against over speeding and other forms of indiscipline on the road that has led to loss of lives.
“Motorists must resist the temptation not to drive under the influence of alcohol or any substance abuse. This will help us to save more lives.”
The Nation also reports that the Project Manager of Julius Berger, Wolfgang Panzer, said: “The ‘Long Bridge’ is a concrete deck on piles structure along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway between km 7+425 to km 11+870 in Ogun State.
“The structure consists of two almost 4.5 kilometre long bridges, which provide four lanes for traffic in each direction. The bridge was built between 1975 and 1977.
“After 40 years in use, the bridge has to undergo some repairs in the course of the rehabilitation of the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway.
“In a bridge inspection, it was observed that the concrete structure is still in good condition but that aside from smaller measures, the existing joints and asphalt surface have to be replaced to provide a comfortable and safe road to the public for the next 30 to 40 years.”
Source: The Nation