Federal Government has appealed to Lagos and other cities in the country for patience as it manages its lean resources to repair, roads and bridges that have become death traps in most cases.
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Godwin Eke, who made this appeal in an interview with journalists at the weekend, disclosed that major roads and bridges in Lagos were already undergoing emergency and remedial repairs.
“Some of the bad roads require urgent attention and the Federal Government is determined to make all federal roads in
Lagos and across the nation motorable,” Eke assured, noting that some of the roads had been completed while others were still undergoing repairs.
Eke said government was perfecting plans for other roads not yet captured and appealed to residents of Lagos to be patient with government as the repairs would soon reach other roads. “Due to paucity of funds, government cannot repair all the roads at the same time,” he said.
One of such roads not yet captured is the Apapa Oshodi/Tin Can Island Road which, he announced, was undergoing procurement because government was planning permanent reconstruction of roads on the Apapa/Tin Can Island/Oshodi Road corridor to reduce the current gridlock and congestion in that axis to the barest minimum.
“We will carry out some palliatives as soon as the procurement process is concluded,” he assured, adding, “the high water table in Apapa requires proper design and adoption of rigid pavement to ensure longevity of our roads.”
The controller noted that while remedial work on both carriageways of Apongbon Bridge undulations had since been completed and that speed was achieved on the project because the contractors worked at night, emergency repairs were ongoing on other projects.
These include Ijora Causeway, Ijora Flyover (East Link), Funsho Williams Avenue, replacement of expansion joint on Eko Bridge, Costain Roundabout to Eko Bridge Ramp and Costain to Iganmu Bridge (Orile Bound). Others are Funsho Williams Bridge to Alaka, Carter Bridge Roundabout to LAWMA Junction (Eko Bridge bound carriageway), Herbert Macaulay Way (Jibowu Junction to Adekunle Junction) and Outer Marina to Ahmadu Bellow Way (From Apongbon Bridge to Bonny Camp).
Also receiving attention are Falomo Roundabout through Kingsway Road to Osborne Road, Apapa Road to Western Avenue (between Iganmu Bridge ramp and Western Avenue Bridge ramp (Alaka bound carriageway), Apapa Road towards Iganmu Bridge (Orile bound).