Governor Sanwo-olu Looks On As Trucks Take Over Apapa Over Gridlock
The end to the chaotic Apapa-Oshodi expressway gridlock may not be farfetched any longer, following the just awarded Section 2 of the ever busy dual carriageway to Dangote Construction Company Limited. The Section 2, which begins from Sunrise bus stop to Cele bus stop, was not awarded when sections 1 and 2 were awarded to Dangote for reconstruction in 2019. The section had been under procurement, until it was awarded this week.
Consequently, this section has remained the major cause of the gridlock being experienced on the expressway over the years, because of its dilapidated state, arising from many years of neglect by the Federal Government.
Confirming the settlement award to Vanguard, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr. Olukayode Popoola, said: “Dangote has began mobilising to site, this means that reconstruction works at the section will start any second from now.”
On whether or not November 2021 preliminary deadline remains viable with the award of the section 2, Popoola said: “No. Because of the just awarded section 2, that date is no longer possible. The new shipping date now could be 10 months added to the preliminary delivering date.”
Also speaking with Vanguard at the situation of the section, Team Lead, Bulk Truck Operations of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc, Israel Ogundiran, stated with the primary segment from Liverpool to Sunrise almost finished, the award of the second section is a welcome development.
Apapa-Oshodi on lockdown
Meanwhile, the site visitors at the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway assumed a brand new dimension the day gone by, as commuters and motorists had a hectic time navigating their locations following total blockade of freeway and provider lane by Apapa sure articulated trucks and tankers.
Motorists spent several hours between Fatgbems Junction and Ottor-Wharf.
Oshodi certain commuters and motorists were now not spared the agony as commercial bus drivers, driving in opposition to traffic toward Mile 2, took over Fagbems portion of the road riddled with craters, thereby making difficult for Oshodi sure motorists to advantage get entry to.
The craters on the limited-access highway have triggered truck drivers, commuters, motorists and cyclists to make use of the provider lane which circumstance isn't as deplorable as the freeway. This is why vehicular movement into Apapa is sluggish and takes hours to navigate the chaotic traffic. The condition of the street has worsened as motorists move more into Apapa.[NewsNaira]