Saturday, February 24, 2024

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: Seeking An End To Long-Time Gridlock

Imagine going home to meet this kind of traffic. Well, it’s better experienced than imagined, though it’s won’t be a good experience.

Now, this is where it all starts.

The Lagos–Ibadan Expressway is a 127.6-kilometre-long expressway connecting Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state and Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. It is also the major route to the northern, southern and eastern parts of Nigeria.

The Expressway Is The Oldest In Nigeria, Commissioned In August 1978 During The Military Era, Under The Administration Of Lieutenant-General Olusegun Obasanjo.

The expressway is one of the busiest inter-state route in Nigeria and handles more than 250,000 passenger car unit daily and constitutes one of the largest road networks in Africa.

It is part of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) projects, concerned with road improvement and connectivity between the States of Nigeria.

The Reconstruction Of The Expressway Was Flagged Off In July 2013 By President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, then president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to help reduce the travel time of hundreds of thousands of commuters and international air passengers.

The contract was awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria and Reynolds Construction Company Limited at a sum of 167 billion Naira.

Julius Berger is currently undertaking the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the 43.6 km stretch of the Lagos to Shagamu portion of the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway.

Two Sections Of The Expressway Will Be Reconstructed And This Includes Section I (Lagos To Sagamu Interchange) And Section II (Sagamu Interchange To Ibadan).

The project includes expansion of the highway to three lanes in both directions, as well as maintenance and construction of several bridges and flyovers.

As a main artery of Nigeria’s road network, the vital expressway withstands a heavy volume of vehicle traffic, including those with high hinge loads.

Julius Berger carried out a parameter studies to establish baselines for the development of an enhanced asphalt design.

As a result, a new and improved asphalt mix-design was formulated to optimise the rutting resistance and durability of the road.

Lagos Ibadan Expressway To Be Delivered Mid-September – FG

In the meantime, Nigeria’s Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, said the Federal Government will complete the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by the middle of September.

Umahi made the disclosure following his visit to the sites of completed and ongoing Federal Government projects in Lagos State, south-west Nigeria.

But work is currently still ongoing.

Traffic congestion, potholes, and accidents have all plagued the expressway, causing major delays and disruptions for drivers.

We spoke to some people living on that axis on how the situation has been with them. They said they had no choice because of the cost of

I spoke to some Real Estate expert Kayode Odebiyi and Real Estate Advisor, Ayo Ibaro concerning the issue. They said they can’t really pin point the issue with the expressway and the reason why it is taking so much time to complete. They advised the government to do all within its powers to fix it.

For now, the road is relatively free. It takes 20 minutes to get to Ikeja from Arepo against the 3 – 5 hours journey people used to experience.

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