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Potholes: Lagos pledges sustenance of road maintenance

By Bertram Nwannekanma
22 July 2022   |   2:37 am
Sequel to the resurgence of potholes on Lagos roads occasioned by heavy downpour, the State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC), promised to tackle various road defects.

Men of Lagos State Public Works Corporation during maintenance of Daramola Street, Alimosho

Sequel to the resurgence of potholes on Lagos roads occasioned by heavy downpour, the State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC), promised to tackle various road defects.

 
The General Manager of the Corporation, Lateef Somide, an engineer, gave the assurance during a tour of ongoing road maintenance works at Itire-Lawanson Road, Surulere, Orishigun Street Ketu and Agbowa-Itoikin Road.
   
Somide said the torrential downpour recently experienced in Lagos slowed down the intervention of the corporation in fixing bad portions of roads.
   
The General Manager said the agency’s operations have been configured to maintain a presence on Lagos roads in all seasons, adding ‘’that is why you will see our men fixing roads even in the rain with interlocking paving stones as hot asphalt premix is not suitable for the wet season.”

To minimise the challenges posed by bad roads to free movement during the wet season, he said, the agency will continue to carry out palliatives with the use of boulders on portions that have become craters while the use of cold mixed asphalt and interlocking paving stones are also deployed on some roads, depending on the terrain.
   
According to him, the corporation deployed its men to parts of the state immediately after the rains abated so as to rapidly fix the potholes, working day and night.
   
Reflecting on some of the roads the agency has worked on within the last one week, Somide said over 20 roads were maintained using hot asphalt premix, 25 roads were treated with boulders to provide temporary relief while about eight roads have been fixed with interlocking paving stones.

  
Some of the roads where bad sections were addressed with hot asphalt premix, boulders and interlocking paving stones are Ikorodu Road, inward Ketu; Lekki Epe Exp. by Ogidan Bus Stop; Ijegun road by Abaranje Street; Igando Road by Olowona Street; Ijora Causeway; Costian Roundabout and Ayodele/Abudu Street.

Orishigun Street, Ketu; Daramola Street, Alimosho; Isherin Roundabout-Lasu U-Turn; Oba Ogunji Road by LSDPC Gate- Agege Bridge, both bounds; Hakeem Balogun Street/Amara Olu Street, Alausa; Ogudu Road; Lateef Jakande Road; Liasu Road; Adekunle Fajuyi Way; Olaniyi Street/Agbe Road; Idimu Ejigbo Road by Police Station as well as Itoikin Road Agbowa-Imota.
   
The General Manager tasked Lagosians to desist from dumping waste items in the drains, which in most cases, lead to flooding, causing damage to roads.