Contractor resumes work on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway September 30

 Contractor resumes work on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway September 30

Julius Berger Nigeria Plc says it will resume full repair work on the Lagos-Ibadan Express Way by the end of September.

Already, the construction firm said it had commenced remedial work at some failed sections of the road ahead of the major work.

The rehabilitation work on the road was halted by the company a couple of months ago following some issues bearing on finance with the Federal Government.

A report by the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday indicated this crediting a reliable source from Julius Berger.

It stated that officials and other workers of the company were already on the road preparing for the work ahead.

It quoted some officials of the company to have said that the road rehabilitation would start from kilometre 12 otherwise known as the ‘’long bridge’’ and would run towards the Sagamu Interchange.

They said the skeletal work started on August 8 at the Wawa Bus-Stop along the expressway.

The company has already started moving heavy duty equipment and road barriers from its yard at the Sagamu-Interchange to Wawa Bus-Stop at Kilometre 12.

The barriers were being taken to Wawa Bus-Stop where workers were already repairing the median along the expressway.

Julius Berger started the road rehabilitation from the Sagamu Interchange towards Lagos during the initial phase of the reconstruction exercise.

The rehabilitation of the entire Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was awarded in 2013 at a total cost of N167bn by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The six-lane road rehabilitation project is being handled by Julius Berger Construction Company and Reynolds Construction Company.

The expressway is now being built to three lanes on both sides up to Sagamu Junction and two lanes up to Ibadan.

A fly-over and interchange are being built at the Redemption Camp area to solve the perennial gridlock on that section of the road.

The Federal Government terminated a concession agreement on the maintenance of the road with Messrs Bi-Courtney in 2012 because of alleged inability of the company to make progress after four years.

A former Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Olememen, had said in 2013 that the contract work would consist of reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan dual carriageway from Sagamu to Ibadan.

He also said that the road reconstruction would commence at the Sagamu Interchange in Ogun State and terminate at Ojoo Interchange in Ibadan, a total length of about 84 kilometres.

The road is made up of a two-lane dual carriageway of 7.3 metres on each direction, 2.75 metres of outer hard shoulder and 1.8 metres of inner hard shoulder and median.

culled from Punch

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