Conceived as a strategic link road within the Ojo Local Government which is home to Alaba International Market, the Ariyo-Tedi link road and bridge was over the weekend commissioned by the Lagos State Government.
Commissioning the 1.345km road and 55-metre bridge executed by Messrs Lopek Engineering Construction Limited after the original contractor Messrs Moreno-Marinas-Lagoon failed to execute the project, the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, noted that the continued construction of some roads is in accordance with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the present administration.
The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, explained that the objective of Traffic Management and Transportation pillar of the agenda is to save important man-hours that would have been otherwise lost to traffic gridlock, boost inter-connectivity across the State and generally make life better for commuters.
While empathising with the people in the locality, Sanwo-Olu said “One of the most critical challenges experienced daily by residents and road users along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway is the perennial gridlock occasioned by the ongoing reconstruction works along the corridor, with its attendant inconveniences and loss of valuable time”.
“One of the ways we have to address this challenge is to redirect traffic to inner roads by providing diversions and alternative routes during the period of construction. It is for this reason that we decided to complete the construction works on the Ira-Muwo Link Bridge, which we are commissioning today”, he added.
He, however, appealed to all stakeholders including traders, commuters, transport unions, transport operators and shop owners to take ownership of government facilities by avoiding all actions that will compromise the quality and life-span of the project.
“These projects belong to all of you and you must protect them jealously and treat them with utmost care”, he said.
The Governor also urged the people to maintain peace and order in the course of project execution in their domain, noting that project completion and the commissioning is possible because of the existence of peace, saying “Without peace, there cannot be development. Development will only get to us if there is peace”.
Earlier in her remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye stated that in line with the Sanwo-Olu led administration’s Agenda which aims to address the challenge of traffic gridlock, the Government strategically thought it through to complete the Ariyo (Mile 0-10) – Ira-Muwo-Tedi-Abule Oshun road alignment with Reinforced Concrete Bridges.
She explained that the completion of Ariyo (Mile 10) Ira Muwo- Tedi-Abule Oshun road alignment with link bridges seeks to provide a functional bypass to the Lagos-Badagry Expressway between Ojo-Alaba, Volks and Trade Fair bus stop.
While highlighting the challenges encountered in the course of construction, the Special Adviser stated that the peculiarity of the swampy terrain to the lagoon made provision of alternative routes virtually difficult, thus, it was quite a challenge to control vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the critical stages.