February 3, 2023

Heavy gridlock hits Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as Julius Berger suspends operations 

The gridlock at the Longbridge, Ogun State end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway caused by the reconstruction of the road, has worsened despite the company handling the project, Julius Berger Nigeria Limited, suspending operations.

The Director, South-West Federal Ministry of Works, Adedamola Kuti, had said the company suspended work to enable a hassle-free movement of travellers during the Yuletide.

About a week later, the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State Command, in a statement, said the company had started removing the crash barriers on the road.

However, days after both claims, there has been no traffic improvement on the road as commuters continue to spend long hours in traffic.

On Wednesday morning, movement inward Lagos was at a standstill, as commuters groaned, while many were stranded at bus stops.

The traffic stretched to the Magboro end of the expressway as some motorists drove against traffic.

The spokesperson for the FRSC in Ogun State, Florence Okpe, said the gridlock persisted because the barriers were moved to another section of the road.

She said, “The corridor commander made the earlier statement. He saw Julius Berger removing the barriers. However, today( Thursday), they narrowed another portion of the road from the end of the Longbridge. Basically, they removed barriers from one section and used them to commence work in another section.”

The Public Relations Officer 1, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said the traffic experienced might have been caused by some protesters.

He said, “I learnt that there was a crisis in the area; some people were protesting or so. That’s why there was an issue around that axis. That’s why there was traffic.”

A community leader in the area, Segun Sunmonu-Adams, said Julius Berger would vacate the site on December 15.

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