Lagosians who use those roads in Ikeja, Lagos, will soon have to find alternate routes very soon.
According to Frederic Oladeinde, the state’s transportation commissioner, the shut down will last 15 months.
In order to facilitate the building of the Ikeja Overpass for the Lagos rail mass transit system’s red line extension, the state has declared that traffic on Adegbola Street will be diverted for one year and three months starting on Sunday, April 11.
According to The Nation, the state’s commissioner of transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, announced the proposed move on Thursday, April 8. He clarified that the diversion is intended to avoid accidents for motorists and pedestrians during the time.
Motorists going towards the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway from Computer Village and Simbiat Abiola Way will be redirected to Akinremi Road, which will connect to Oshifila Street, to avoid the rail level crossing, according to Oladeinde.
Furthermore, the commissioner stated that motorists traveling on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway would be redirected to the Ikeja rail level crossing to connect Balogun Street and Oduyemi Street to access the Obafemi Awolowo Way.
Traffic advisory boards will be installed at the Ikeja under bridge section, Simbiat Abiola way Junction, and Adebola/Balogun Junctions to direct motorists through the diversions, according to Oladeinde.
Meanwhile, the federal government has borrowed $2.5 billion from China Exim Bank to construct the Lagos-Ibadan railway.
The revelation was made by Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, during an exclusive interview on Monday, March 29.
He clarified that the government decided to expand the rail line to Apapa’s seaport, which was not originally planned. The railway extension, according to Amaechi, is for economic reasons.
The minister went on to say that the Federal Executive Council had approved the two basic loan facilities presented by the Ministry of Transportation (FEC).