Lagos Tackles Congestion With Exciting Projects

 Lagos Tackles Congestion With Exciting Projects

lagos-road-2-1With a vehicular density of about five million and 20 million trips daily, 90 per cent of which is borne by its network of roads, the Lagos State Government but continually evolves strategies to address traffic congestion, to reduce travel time and make it more pleasurable for residents.
Gone are those nightmarish traffic jams. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been expanding the road networks to accommodate increasing commuters’ demands.
The state has continued to witness an “almost unbridled population growth”, which the World Economic Forum (WEF) last January, described as “the fastest-growing in the world”.
WEF’s 2015 statistics stated that Lagos was growing at the rate of 85 persons per hour ¬ faster than London and New York, with nine and 10 persons per hour. WEF’s report further stated that while London reached a record of 8.6 million inhabitants in 2015, Lagos grossed over 20 million residents same year.
Though this growth has continued to task its capacity to control traffic, the state, in the past 16 years, has returned to the drawing board to evolve what it called Strategic Transportation Master Plan (STMP), the backbone of which is the promotion of public transportation system.
Commissioner for Transportation Dr Dayo Mobereola said STMP was the safest, cheapest and most reliable form of transportation. This, according to him, is because public transportation ensures fewer vehicles are on the road. Mobereola, who for 10 years headed the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (LAMATA), the engine room of the state’s transportation reforms, said public transportation would help reduce Green House Gases (GHG), and prolong the lifespan of the roads with a reduction in the dead weights of vehicles causing damage to roads.
However, while the government continues to innovate on public transportation, it has also doubled its road construction pace to reduce congestion.
With the delivery of 114 inner roads (Trunk C), which the government mandated the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas to construct, the narratives of gridlock experiences by residents have considerably improved.
But the government seems not to be resting on its oars. It has addressed traffic-prone areas to ease congestion and make commuters more comfortable.
One of such developments is the slip (alternative) road at Olopomeji/Car Wash on Iyana Oworo, which will address the congestion on the Third Mainland Bridge. The slip road is part of the state’s efforts to enhance the experiences of travellers on the major arterial road to the Island, the major financial district.
The slip road from Olopomeji to Ifako is about 1.65km long with an under pass at Ifako.
“Before the introduction of these ideas, it usually took between four to five hours at peak periods to make the journey to Oworo from Obalende, or to hit Obalende from Oworo on the Lagos Island carriage way. With the creation of multiple laybys on both sides of the road, travel times have been reduced to 40 minutes,” Mobereola said recently, adding that this would further be reduced when the slip road is completed.
Similar interventions are simultaneously going on at Abule-Egba, where a fly over bridge is being built to reduce the pressure on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. The project, which is about 65 per cent completed, will lessen the nightmarish experiences of residents living in Iyana-Ipaja, Meiran, Alagbado, Alakuko and on Sango axis, who often spend about seven hours on the road daily.
Another fly-over is planned for Pen Cinema, Agege, which has become a no-go area for many residents during peak periods. Announcing the intervention, government said the project, which would take off in a matter of weeks, would be completed in 26 months.
Last Friday, Ambode visited Ojodu-Berger to see the contractor handling the multiple laybys which will complement the pedestrian bridge built by his administration.
The project, expected to be completed in December, is exciting residents, who believe it will greatly improve traffic on the main artery into the state.


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