Lagos begins rehabilitation of Ikotun, Allen, Maryland roundabouts, others to ease traffic
The Lagos State Government yesterday commenced improvement on infrastructure to tackle the perennial traffic gridlocks in the 60 troubled areas identified at the beginning of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration.
Of particular interest to the state government are, the second roundabout on Lekki/Epe Expressway, Ikotun, Allen Avenue and Maryland, which have become very chaotic due to pressures of increasing population.
Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, who conducted journalists round some of the roundabouts where improvement work and reordering are ongoing, stated that the project was in line with government’s commitment to free flow of traffic across the state.
Oladeinde said some of the roundabouts could no longer meet the demands on them by increasing population in Lagos, stressing that the roundabouts had outlived their usefulness and the current traffic challenges encountered in the identified axis demanded an urgent remodeling for a lasting solution.
The commissioner, who was accompanied on the tour by his Information & Strategy counterpart, Gbenga Omotosho, stressed that pedestrian activities, chaotic movements and overstretched structures at the roundabouts were responsible for the heavy congestions that caused operational challenges and delay during peak periods.