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Julius Berger, the construction company handling the rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, has stated that the traffic gridlock on the expressway will not ease up till November.
The construction firm’s manager, West Division, Mr. Wolfgang Loesser, spoke to the press when he led his team on a courtesy visit to the Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Leosser said the rehabilitation of the highway, particularly the 5km long bridge where major work was being executed, would not be completed at least until November ending.
He also said work on the bridge was complex due to the several stages of construction and the required diligence.
According to him, “But I also want to point out that there are many bottlenecks on the road; for example, the Ogun River base. So we are likely to experience the same problem there, where we will have several stages of traffic management.
“We can only do it if everybody is disciplined and takes care to drive safely within the construction area.”
However, the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lekan Adegbite said that the state government would open up a parallel earth road to serve as an alternative route to ease traffic at the long bridge section of the expressway.
He explained that government has resolved to increase law and traffic enforcement personnel, including the police, officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and TRACE officers to the area, while the contractor is also expected to speed up work to meet the targeted completion period.