Restriction Of Movement In Lagos Ahead Of International Marathon
On the 6th of February, 2016 Lagos city would be hosting the Lagos International Marathon, which was last held in 1983. The marathon event boasts of over 20,000 athletes in attendance, this includes over 20 world class marathoners.
At a press conference at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi explained that the routes for the Marathon which will start from the National Stadium to Anthony, and thereafter to Gbagada Road, Third Mainland Bridge through Alfred Rewane to Lekki Ikoyi Bridge and terminate at Eko Atlantic City.
The Marathon will commence at 7am,but the restriction of traffic will start by 6:30 am and end at 1pm. Elegushi stated that, adequate arrangements have been put in place to ensure that security operatives and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) barricade access to the dual carriage way to be affected by the event.
These routes would be blocked, so take notice; all traffic flow and access from Alaka and Alhaji Masha to National Stadium towards Ojuelegba and along Western Avenue terminating at Anthony Bus stop would be blocked, while the whole stretch of the Anthony Oke to Gbagada unto Third mainland Bridge along with accesses at New Garage, Adeniji Adele interchange; Sura/Simpson and Obalende would equally be blocked. He added that all access from Dolphin Estate towards Osborne terminating at Falomo Road Aboutwould be blocked for the event, while access to Falomo Roundabout from Alfred Rewane (Kingsway Road),Awolowo Road and traffic from Victoria Island would also be affected. Other areas to be affected include all access/link roads along Bourdillon up to Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge Roundabout and the Link Bridge, while there would also be blockade of traffic on Admiralty Way from the bridge outlet inward Lekki-Epe Expresswayinward Ozumba Mbadiwe to Akin Adesola, Bishop Oluwole and Bar Beach (Atlantic City).
Lagosians are advised by Elegushi “to see the event not only as a sporting event but for its tourism content. As a people who are naturally friendly, we should put on display, our positive attitude to visitors,”. He said governor would not hesitate to lift the restriction if need be. LASTMA officials have been said to be on scene to ensure free flow in all the other alternative routes.
Safe to say, Saturday wouldn’t be a bad day to relax with the family or put on your running shoes and witness the marathon.