Commuters groan over persistent gridlock on Lagos-Ibadan Express Way

Commuters groan over persistent gridlock on Lagos-Ibadan Express Way

…gridlock affecting the business of transportation, drivers cry out

Motorists and commuters have continued to groan over the persistent gridlock caused by the ongoing construction along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

They expressed displeasure that the Federal Government and the company overseeing the construction, Julius Berger, had been unable to provide alternative measures to lessen the suffering of those plying the road.

The Director, South-West, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Adedamola Kuti, had promised that the inward and outward sections of the expressway would be completed on or before December 2022.

The reconstruction of the expressway which began in 2021, was actually extended to the Otedola Bridge, Berger and Isheri areas of the road, where the four lanes had been collapsed into two.

The development usually slows down vehicular movement, creating a backlog of traffic that stretches down from the construction sites to the Longbridge, Warewa, Arepo and Magboro areas, trapping motorists and commuters for hours.

A commercial bus driver who will not want his name in print said the gridlock had affected the business of transportation, adding that commercial drivers and passengers usually spent hours on a journey that should last minutes.

He said, “The traffic here is unbearable for us. Many bus drivers don’t want to come to the Magboro axis again because of it. There are many times that people will get down from the bus when they see that the traffic is not moving.

“We are not making what we are supposed to make and the government is not doing anything to relieve the pains we are going through plying this road.”

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