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Section of Eko Bridge to be ready next month, says Sanwo-Olu

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Warns truck drivers against parking on road

Relief may soon come for residents and motoring public heading to Lagos Island through Western Avenue as Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said that section of the Eko Bridge would be opened to traffic by end of next month.

He said the contractor handling the repairs of the Alaka to Costain section of the bridge had promised to complete the works next month.

The governor, who spoke during his tour of Apapa and Mile 2, said his administration was committed to ensuring sanity returns to Apapa and its environs for motoring public to have a free flowing movement.

Sanwo-Olu, who noted that some measures would be taken to improve traffic around Costain, said discussions were at an advanced stage to have two holding bays that truck could park instead on parking on the road and obstructing traffic.

While noting that some small holding bays around Apapa were not being utilised by articulated vehicles, he appealed to truck drivers and owners to have a change of act, saying that a meeting would be held with Nigerian Port Authority, Shippers Council and truck owners to put an end to the recalcitrant acts of truck drivers.

At Mile 2, the governor complained about residents’ act of dumping refuse in the drainage.

“You can see that there has been a major failure in this section of the Lagos Badagry express road. Like I was explaining to the citizens, about two weeks ago, we have cleared out all this drainage with over 70 tonnes of silt blocking the drains.

“You see that they have started throwing garbage back into the drain. The drain gets blocked when it rains, the water does not have a place to go, it stays on the road and you know that bitumen and water are not friends and that is what has given this road a massive failure. This is a major failure we have seen here,” he said.

The governor stated that the challenge was a wake-up call to look for additional solution if the people cannot change their habit, adding: “So, from under the bridge, we are going to do rigid pavement; it will be all concrete pavement like the type we saw at the port. We are not going to be using bitumen again or asphalt but do another outfall and a dedicated drainage, which will take it straight to the lagoon further down, about one or two kilometres from here.

“For us, it’s difficult when we keep coming back and we have spent a lot of tax-payers’ money to fix this road and we need to help ourselves, people need to just change their behaviour and people need to take responsibility,” he added.

“That’s why I have to plead with them that if they can just watch their way of life and dispose their refuse properly, then we will be able to keep the sanctity of the road longer and better for all us,” the governor further said.


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