Lagos announces new traffic diversions for rail, bridge projects

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By Aisha Cole

The Lagos State Government has announced traffic diversions for the ongoing construction of Phase 1 of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit project and Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge.

For the ongoing Phase 1 of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit project, traffic will be diverted from Murtala Mohammed Way from Wednesday until Sept 30, Lagos Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, said in a statement in Lagos.

He stated that there would be a total lane closure to allow the contractor work without any inhibition during the course of the construction.

He also stated that traffic on Murtala Mohammed way would be diverted to Ojuelegba- Tejuosho slip road to link Murtala Mohammed Way.

The Commissioner assured that the site would be closed to ensure the safety, adding that emergency vehicles would be on ground to tow broken-down vehicles along the axis.

He also stated that signage would be placed on the access roads with the State’s Traffic Management Authority to control movement and minimise inconveniences.

Oladeinde said that the state government was committed to the development of transport infrastructure within the Lagos metropolis, adding that the multi-modal transportation would in turn boost the economy of the people and residents of the state.

Also, a traffic diversion plan for the construction of the Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge earlier inaugurated in the year by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-olu was announced.

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Oladeinde said that the construction would be in two stages to be completed in 16 months.

He added that the traffic diversion plans were designed to suit each phase as well.

”Residents on Opebi should use Opebi Link Road to access Tunde Osilaja Street to connect Salvation inbound Ajanaku Street and link Opebi Road, through Thomas Ajufo to reach their desired destinations.

”A portion had been created at the Sheraton-Opebi Link Bridge to enable Motorists make a U-turn into Opebi Road.

”Alternatively, motorists can use Toyin Street via Mobolaji Bank Anthony to link Opebi/Allen road.

“Motorists from Mende Road are equally enjoined to use Ojota Interchange and connect Opebi via Ikorodu Road inwards Aderibigbe as the underpass will be closed off to vehicular movement,” Oladeinde said.

He also assured that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) would be deployed along the affected axis to ensure seamless movement.

The Transport Commissioner restated the administration’s commitment to developing alternatives for the citizenry to reduce travel time and improve accessibility by eliminating congestion that hindered free flow of traffic.

He also said that the end results would be satisfying for Lagos residents. (NAN).

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