Residents urge Lagos govt to fix alternative roads after completing Abule-Egba Flyover
Residents of Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) yesterday urged the Lagos State government to rehabilitate alternative routes used by motorists while the Abule-Egba flyover, on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, was under construction.
The residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the alternative roads such as Adepega and Baale streets, which have been destroyed by sand miners, had become dilapidated and urged the state government not to abandon them after completing the flyover.
Mr. Adewale Iyiola, a resident, said most of the alternative roads had become deplorable due to overuse, urging the Lagos government to fix them.
“At a point, motorists were using the Awori route to link Oja-Oba-Super route, linking Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway, but now both roads are no longer passable,” he said.
Mr. Kazeem Adeyemo, a community leader in the area, said the alternative routes were in bad shape because the roads could not withstand the volume of traffic due to the road diversion.”
“We know we cannot stop motorists from plying the routes, so we are asking the Lagos State government not to abandon these routes when the flyover is completed,” said another resident, Mrs. Bolu Oseni.
Another resident, Mrs. Taiye Erewa, said motorists sometimes clashed with residents who had refused vehicles’ entry into their streets.
“We know that it is illegal to close street gates but who will fix these roads when the major route is re-opened. Some boys in the area often extort money from motorists, resulting in clashes.
“We do not want trouble as we don’t mean any arm; all we need is reconstruction of all alternative roads used during the construction of the flyover,” she said.
Already, the construction of the Abule Egba flyover is 98 per cent completed, as the bridge will be inaugurated on May 15. The site engineer, George Tommows, recently told newsmen at the project site, adding that the remaining aspects of the job would be asphalting, street lighting and painting.
He commended Abule Egba residents for their cooperation. “Ordinarily, a construction site is expected to be devoid of human and vehicular traffic for safety, but this area is densely populated and it is difficult to keep people from moving around. It was challenging but we were able to manage it,” he said.