Relief is expected to come for motorists and commuters on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, as the state government is adopting measures to resolve the habitual peak-hour gridlock around the Oworonshoki axis.
Part of the measures being taken include the construction of multiple lay-bys and alternative road, lane markings, removal of encumbrances and reclaiming of Right of Way leading to the demolition of one building, with 15 others partially affected.
Olarenwaju Elegushi, special adviser to the state government on transportation, told journalists on Monday that the move was in the overall interest of Lagosians, and “aimed at ensuring that a journey from the Island to Ikeja does exceed 30 minutes.
“You will recall that the axis driving from Lagos business district, especially at peak periods, is usually fraught with a lot of challenges with traffic usually held up for over three to four hours. This has prompted the ministry to seek appropriate engineering solutions to the problem.”
Elegushi said the alternative slip road would run from Olopomeji to Ifako bus stop. According to Elegushi, in addition to redeveloping the LAGBUS and Berger bus stops, provision is already made for “clear view fence to disallow commercial buses dropping and picking passengers at places not designated bus stops.
“As part of efforts aimed at totally ensuring the removal of traffic we will be constructing a slip road (an alternative parallel road) at Oduduwa Road. This road will run parallel to the Third Mainland bridge highway. The road will carry traffic to Iyana Oworshoki Community and at the same time remove traffic caused by commercial yellow buses that pick passengers on the highway,” he said.
The specially disclosed that compensation had been paid to the owner of the building demolished to reclaim the right of way while others whose fences and shops would pulled down will the fences reconstructed for them.
“As an administration which cares for the interest of the citizens we have engaged with those involved with a view to seeing how they can be compensated. In the particular instance of the house to be demolished compensation has been paid. Those with minimal demolition will also be compensated by way of replacement of fence walls, culverts where necessary,” he said.