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Back From Hell: Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Experience

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ElevateNews takes a look at the relief the opening of Kara diversion on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has provided for motorists.

It was jubilation for Lagos bound motorists on Monday morning as Julius Berger removed the diversion at the Kara end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The construction firm removed the impediments that had thrown motorists into a hell of traffic for more than three months.

The three hours pain on the long bridge was reduced to five minutes on Monday morning.

The journey from Magboro to Berger Bus Stop took 15 minutes but led to human traffic at the BRT park within the Lagos Public Works Corporation.

Commuters arrived at the park in troops and had to wait for hours for the buses to return from Tafawa Balewa Square and Oshodi.

Commuters had to wait for a long period during this rushing hours.

Many of the residents who live along the Lagos-Ibadan axis did not have prior information that the road had been opened.

They regretted plying the road on a commercial motorcycle whose operators had to charge them exorbitantly.

Transport fares drastically reduced. Before Monday, the transport fare between Magboro and Berger was N300 but it is now N100.

Most commercial motorcyclists, “Okada” have disappeared on the road except those who are bent on extorting the uninformed commuters.

“We are just back from hell. It has been a long months of suffering on this road,” a car owner, Mr. Solomon Atoyebi has said.

Mr. Solomon Atoyebi told our correspondent that he virtually lived eight hours daily on the road during the closure of the expressway.

“I leave home 5am and don’t get to work until about 9am everyday. I repeat this when coming back home,” he said.

Atoyebi stated that he hardly left his room at the weekend. “I sleep and watch my blood pressure. Many have died within this period due to stress,” he noted.

The work on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway continues at Magboro but it appears that the place will be opened up by December 15 to reduce the travelling time on the road during the Yuletide.

It means it is not yet uhuru because, by next year, there will be diversion again to fix the other side of Kara for Ibadan bound motorists.

The other side of Magboro from Warewa may also be part of what the construction firm will work on by next year.

With this, the road will still be closed, commuters will still be stranded and hell may still appear on the road.

Before then, let us enjoy our new heaven on earth. We are just back from hell.

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