… commenced rehabilitation of alternative routes around Third Mainland Bridge
…step up desilting of drains
Palliative measures are being deployed across Lagos roads where there are noticeable potholes created with the onset of the raining season. The agency will return to fully repair the roads during the dry season.
The General Manager, Lagos State Public Works Corporation Engr. Olufemi Daramola has assured Lagosians that the agency has not relented in carrying out its mandate of road rehabilitation and patching of potholes. According to him ‘’this we have done continuously everyday in the last one year in line with the vision of the Governor to ensure Zero Tolerance for Potholes on Lagos Roads’’.
He stated that ‘’between the onset of the dry season in November 2019 and the approach of the wet season by May 2020, the agency rehabilitated over 260 roads across the state. This involved major and sectional rehabilitation and palliative maintenance as determined by the peculiarity of each road that was repaired during the period’’.
He reiterated the fact that there still exist some bad roads in Lagos State but the quantity and effect cannot be compared to what obtained in May 2019 when the Administration of Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was inaugurated. ‘’We have reduced potholes and bad road deficit, but the Covid-19 pandemic slowed down our speed to take full advantage of the dry season as we had to reduce number of gangs and other physical contact element in our operation during the total lockdown’’.
He revealed roads completed during the lockdown to include Acme Crescent, Kasumu Aleshinloye Street by Agidingbi and a section of Oregun Road inward Ikosi. Roads fixed at Alimosho Local Government includes Baruwa Road, sections of Aderele, Duduyemi Street and Okesalu Street inward Ikotun. LSPWC equally intervened at Surulere Local Government where the agency concluded the rehabilitation Ogundare and sections of Nuru Oniwo street. Ikorordu Club road, Gbasemo Street, Fatimo Bintu Solebo and Mabadeje streets were fixed at Ikorodu area during the lockdown. Other major roads that received attention during this period includes Herbert Macaulay Way by Yaba College of Technology, a section of the Ramp down at Osborne inward Onikan and the bad section of the Third Axial Road inward Iyana Oworo.
Engr. Daramola admitted that the need to fully comply with the Covid-19 protocol especially in the months of April and May reduced the agency’s speed of road fixing as planned earlier in the year. He further revealed that with the raining season at its peak, the agency will continue to intervene at critical roads with granite boulders and interlocking paving stone to repair potholes, reduce traffic and road discomfort on major roads and intersections.
While speaking on the efforts of LSPWC to ensure motorists are less affected by the planned rehabilitation work on segments of Third Mainland Bridge, he assured road users that rehabilitation of alternative roads will be sustained to ameliorate inconveniences that might arise from the closure of the bridge. ‘’Already we have commenced rehabilitation of alternative routes at Otto Iddo by Underpass, sections of Apapa Road, Constain Roundabout, Oyingbo, Funsho Williams Avenue and Herbert Macaulay Way on Lagos Mainland’’.
The Lagos State Public Works Corporation in order to ensure the durability of the roads reduced incessant flooding and prevent further road damage has also intensified desilting of blocked drainages across Lagos metropolis. Major locations where LSPWC is clearing the drains of refuse, plastics and other unwanted materials to allow for free flow of flood water include Mile 2, Ogba Road, Ijaiye Road, Shyllon, CMD Junction, Shasha Road, Iyalode Salami, Akilo and Amoo Streets. Others are Micheal Adekoya Street, Ago Palace, Mushin Road, University Road and others.