By Bennett Oghifo
Lagos-bound traffic on the Lagos-Shagamu Expressway will be diverted to the Shagamu-bound carriageway from tomorrow until February 28, next year, to enable Julius Berger Plc., the contractor working on that stretch of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway carry out its reconstruction work.
A statement yesterday by Julius Berger said, “The work is planned to begin on December 10, 2020 through February 28, 2021 and throughout the period, including the yuletide season, the contractor does not envisage any lockdown.”
Julius Berger said: “The closed section of the road currently under construction, (that is, Punch KM 13+500 to Magboro KM 14+700) will be fully opened to public traffic before the commencement of reconstruction activities from Punch KM 13+500 to Warewa KM 12+000.
The company said, “The diversion of Lagos-bound traffic from The Punch to Warewa into the Sagamu-bound carriageway and narrowing of both Shagamu-bound traffic into two lanes on the Shagamu-bound carriageway, respectively.” Julius Berger added that: “the expanded Shagamu-bound carriageway will be divided using temporary crash barriers to accommodate two lanes each in both directions; while the Lagos bound carriageway will be closed to enable the commencement of the reconstruction and rehabilitation within the stretch of 1.5km.”
They said: “congestion due to narrowing of the carriageway; congestion due to broken down vehicles, congestion due to heavy inflow of traffic in and out of Berger of Lagos, is expected to be minimised by the yuletide work plan,” adding that it has put measures in place to mitigate any extreme happenings, which could arise.
The yuletide work plan, according to Julius Berger, amongst other elements, include display of advanced warning signs of road narrowing and speed restrictions signs; maintaining flagmen along the entire route; display of flashing lights at night-time; collaborating with relevant agencies of government to properly sensitise the people; displaying variable information signs in advance; and minimising response time by well-established lines of communication between various government agencies.
The project’s management said Layby would be provided for Warewa and Arepo residents while “parking and waiting on the narrowed section to pick and drop off passengers by commercial and related vehicles will be strictly prohibited; even as shoulder/earth road will be provided for facility owners on the Left Hand Side; that is, the closed section of the road, to access their properties and business premises through The Punch.”