Fifty one per cent of the Section 1 of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan expressway rehabilitation work Project has been completed.
This was made known recently by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing engineer supervising the project, Mr. Kayode Ibrahim after embarking on extensive inspection of the road.
It will be recalled that a section of the project which extends from Ojota to Sagamu , was awarded to Julius Berger Plc by the former President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration in 2013.
While inspecting the project, Mr. Ibrahim was satisfied with what has been done so far. It is gathered that workers of Julius Berger Construction Company were working round the clock to ensure that the project was completed at the appropriate time.
Construction of the drainage channels on the Ibadan-bound carriageway around Christopher University area is going on while they are also planning to lay asphalt between NASFAT camp and the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) axis.
According to Mr. Ibrahim “We are still fixing new expansion joints on the Long Bridge; and this is a painstaking job that has to be done slowly and accurately. On the Lagos-bound carriageway, we have fixed 30 expansion joints out of 42 expansion joints there; and as soon as we finish, we will move to the Ibadan-bound carriage
“We are doing earthworks at MFM, Ibafo, Chanage 27 near the Redeemed Christian Church of God camp. We are also doing side drainages, catch pits, and outfalls which take surface water to gorges or streams,” he said.
Ibahim also disclosed that the workers have started opening up and cleaning all weep-holes on the Long Bridge, adding that they had also decided to construct rigid pavements along the road shoulders instead of carrying out temporary repairs on them.
In his words: “We cannot work on the road shoulders because they require massive work; we will construct rigid pavements there when the construction reaches there. If we face road-shoulder work, it will be a waste of fund to do massive temporary repairs but we will keep the road accessible as we reconstruct. The existing carriageway is our focus for now and we have made tremendous progress because traffic is better now.”
Urging the drivers to desist from the habit of reckless driving on the Lagos-Ibadan Highway, he noted that this had been largely responsible for accidents which have also hampered the success of the project to some extent.
Stakeholders have been commending the government on their zeal and commitment towards giving a facelift to the 29-year old expressway.
For instance, a truck driver, Mr. Moses Ocholi, told journalists that the repair had reduced travel time on the highway. “Now, I can tell my wife to expect me in two hours in Lagos if I am at Ibadan; that could not happen in the past,” he said.
Giving kudos to the government, a trader, Mrs Felicia Amanze, commended the efforts they have made on the road so far, saying that it has made movements easier for people in the community.