Changing Face of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
When last did you pass through the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, a friend has asked. I don’t even like travelling along that corridor because of the news I heard on the road, I have replied.
I stopped driving along the road due to its bad condition about five years ago. And when contractors were moved to the site to repair it, I stopped driving and would prefer to board the commercial bus if I must travel.
The travel time was too long between Lagos-Ibadan. Besides, there were gory scenes of accidents that I saw and prayed never to see again.
However, I have travelled to Ibadan twice in the last one week and will like to travel again. This time, I will drive due to new life on the road.
The travel time has reduced, accidents have also reduced but there is no visible presence of contractors at the site. The journey of about two hours before has been reduced to a little above one hour.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola said about two weeks ago that the contractors, Julius Berger and RCC were repairing the road had been paid and should be at the site to complete their works.
The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is due for completion by the end of this year but there are still works to be done especially for RCC, which handles the Shagamu Interchange to Ibadan. The RCC’s works look good but a long portion of the road towards Shagamu from Ibadan has not be touched at all.
Julius Berger started late but it seems the firm might finish its job before RCC could complete its portion based on my observation. I may be wrong, the toughest portion for the Julius Berger is the long bridge towards Lagos, which had since been repaired long ago.
Julius Berger has also repaired almost all other bridges towards Lagos. But the firm has a lot of work to do at Berger Bus Stop where the road has become so narrow, causing vehicular traffic for Lagos bound vehicles.
Even as it is at present, motorists have been experiencing much relief on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Since the beginning of this year, there has not been an accident on the long bridge.
The monthly Holy Ghost Congress of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG that usually causes traffic along the road happened without stress. It has been a safe journey in about 50 days of 2018.
Perhaps it is so because it is not yet the raining season when the road will be taken over by flood, a motorist, who identified himself as Bode Olagunju has said.
He stated that though a lot of repairs had been done on the road to reduce travel time, there was the need to also work on the drainages around Ibafo area of the Expressway.
According to him, a portion of the road around Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry Camp is usually overtaken by flood during the raining season. “The construction firm must take care of the area before rains begin to drop,” he said.