The Lagos State Public Works Corporation has chosen April as the completion date for the rehabilitation of the bad portion of the Ile-Epo end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
According to a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs, LSPWC, Mr. Yomi Oladapo, the state government has renewed its commitment to speedily complete the construction of the drainage alignment and the bad portion of the road, which had increased traffic gridlock on the road.
The General Manager, LSPWC, Mr. Ayotunde Sodeinde, was quoted as saying that the drainage work had stretched across 840 metres, while the bad portion of the road measured 1,000 metres.
He said the corporation had already reconstructed 750 metres of the drainage channel, while the remaining 100 metres would be completed this month.
“Lagosians currently having a harrowing experience while plying the road will soon heave a sigh of relief as rehabilitation work on the road will be completed by April 2016,” he said.
He said that rehabilitation work commenced in October 2015 but was put on hold for the six electric poles laid on the drainage alignment to be relocated, adding that the task was completed on December 31, 2015.
The general manager added, “The initial drainage system, with a width of 0.6 metres, was inadequate to contain the flow of flood water hence, its reconstruction to a size of 1.2 metres after which massive rehabilitation work will commence on the road.
“The Lagos-Abeokuta road project is already a failed project right from inception. Sometime in 2013, a portion of the road along Ahmadiyah caved in, causing untold hardship to motorists. A similar scenario is playing out at the Ile-Epo axis with inadequate drains to contain rainwater and other domestic discharge, which in turn have a negative impact on the road.”