Construction: Lagos To Close Independence Tunnel For Four Weeks From May 4


Construction: Lagos To Close Independence Tunnel For Four Weeks From May 4

Lagos State Government has announced there will be diversion of traffic from main carriageway inbound Anthony from Monday May 3, 2021, for four weeks as part of ongoing reconstruction on Ikorodu Road.

Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederick Oladeinde, in a statement, explained the diversion was necessary in view of the needs to address the worsening state of the access road at Independence Tunnel, Maryland.

According to the Commissioner, the road needs to be fixed urgently to prevent further deterioration of the section, especially with the expected rainfall in the coming season, adding that the repairs will minimise the congestion frequently experienced by motorists along the corridor.

He advised motorists coming from Ibadan-Lagos Expressway to go through Oworonshoki to connect Gbagada and descend the ramp at Anthony to access Ikorodu Road during the repair works.

The commissioner’s statement partly reads;

Alternatively, motorists will be diverted to a counterflow on the Ojota bound lane during peak hours to minimise the inconveniences during the course of the repairs.

Road users coming from Ikeja and inbound Surulere are advised to use Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way to link Maryland and access Ikorodu road inbound Surulere.

While noting that the recently improved Maryland Junction will also be opened temporarily during the construction period to accommodate traffic coming from the Ojota axis and Ikorodu, the Commissioner said that a temporary traffic light will be installed to manage the influx of vehicles that will ply the flyover.

Oladeinde maintained that the officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency would be on the axis to direct traffic, adding that traffic signs and signals will be also be strategically placed in the area to guide vehicular movement during the stipulated period.

He, however, revealed that a trial run of the traffic management system would commence on Tuesday, April 27, to test the aforementioned traffic diversion plans ahead of the set date and make necessary adjustments where necessary.

The Commissioner appealed to motorists plying the corridor to endure the likely inconvenience that may be occasioned during the period, as the project is aimed at finding a lasting solution to traffic congestion in the axis in line with the efficient traffic management and transportation policy of the state government.

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