Light traffic as Berger/Kara road work begins


Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

Traffic diversion on portions of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway stretching from the end of Berger Bus Stop to Kara Cattle Market, to enable the contractor, Julius Berger to work, has started.

Contrary to the expectation of commuters, however, the traffic was mild except for a vehicle that broke down at about 3pm but was later evacuated.

The Ogun Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Clement Oladele, said the entire process was going as planned.

He said, “We don’t expect any issues at all. The vehicle that broke down this afternoon was removed and the backlog of traffic cleared up afterwards. Except a heavy duty truck such as a tanker breaks down, we don’t expect any problem; we also have provision to evacuate such vehicles.

“Motorists have behaved well so far and we hope it continues. We will also try as much as possible to remain on the corridor while the project lasts to ensure that everything goes well.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, says the completion date for the road remains mid-December.

Kuti told The PUNCH that the October 31 date being circulated was just for one part of the road, adding that the entire stretch and both sides of that portion of the expressway from Berger Bus Stop to Kara Cattle Market would be completed by the second week of December.

“That calculation is for one stretch and we are working on another stretch within the same location. So the total completion date is still December,” he said.

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