Potholes, Pools And Lagos Traffic
Nigeria News take a look at the traffic situation in Lagos in the last three days as caused by bad roads and pools of water
The last three days had been hectic travelling Lagos roads. The traffic is heavy and it is due to pools of water on the roads.
The rainy season is gradually abating but the pools of water that daily concentrate on the damaged roads have seized to dry, causing heavy vehicular traffic in the metropolis.
Besides the fact that some of the roads are now calling for repair, the heaps of refuse in the drains contribute more to the traffic jam in Lagos at present.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, motorists spent hours in the traffic because it rained in some parts of Lagos. The roads were rough, the gutters were filled to the brim with wastes, and commuters were stranded.
The state Traffic Management officers, LASTMA could not help the situation as vehicles maneuvered to get to their various destinations.
The Ikorodu Road was in heavily blocked due to the flood that flew to the road from Odo-Iya Alaro going to Maryland. Some of Lagos Island bound vehicles that usually pass through Ikorodu Road were diverted to take the Third Mainland Bridge.
The high influx of vehicles eventually threw the Third Mainland Bridge into heavy traffic from Iyana-Oworo to the end of Adekunle. And in order to beat the traffic on the bridge, some motorists had to take Gbagada Expressway to link Ikorodu Road while some passed through Oshodi to link Mushin.
It was a long queue of vehicles from Gbagada to Anthony Oke, which eventually crawled down to Ikorodu Road.
Many workers got to work late. For those who passed through Oshodi to Mushin, there was a deep big ditch as vehicles descend down Oshodi Oke to link Abeokuta Expressway.
The gully slowed down vehicles that were joining the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. It was a heavy traffic going towards Challenge Bus Stop, Mushin.
Our correspondent observed that construction work was going on in Oshodi. The State Government is building a mega park in the popular market, which of course is also impeding the flow of traffic.
Mushin was an eyesore. The long Mushin Road, from the end of Challenge towards Oloosa, Ojuwoye to Idi-Oro was littered with heaps of refuse. The potholes are big, wide and countless. It was a nightmare passing the route to the Island.
It was another heavy traffic linking Oyingbo where a big portion of the road, just after the railway terminus had been truncated by a big pothole.
“That was how we had been facing it in the last three days,” a motorist, who simply identified himself as Mr Quadri said.
He lamented that the current Lagos State Government had done so little in the area of road repair and waste management, which according to him had resulted in the heavy traffic the motorists are passing through.
To Mrs Adijat Anofi who works at Adeola Odeku on Victoria Island, the traffic on Lagos road at present is caused by bad roads. She said that she spent four hours travelling from Ikeja to Lagos Island on Tuesday.