Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu (fourth right) cutting the tape signifying the commencement of construction work on Ojota-Opebi Link Bridges and Approach roads.
The Lagos State Government has commenced the construction of a bridge to link Opebi to Ojota, as part of efforts to decongest traffic in the Ikeja axis and on Ikorodu road.
With a total length of 3.89 kilometres, the project is designed to provide a direct link between Opebi, Mende, Maryland and Ojota to Ikorodu road, reducing the perennial traffic on Mobolaji Bank-Anthony way, and setting precedence for Ojota commuters to link the 3rd Mainland Bridge.
At a ceremony to officially kickstart the project, Governor Sanwo-Olu described it as a legacy of his administration to ease the burden of commuters.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who noted that the project was conceived over 20 years ago, charged the contractor to complete it in 18 months, instead of the 20 months completion date earlier given.
He said: “This is to demonstrate that politics is not about lip service. We have committed substantial resources to the provision of quality roads, waterways, and rail infrastructure to the people of Lagos, just as we have invested in modernisation of infrastructure inherited from the previous administration.”
The Governor announced that his administration had also acquired three sets of trains for the blue line which traverses Okokomaiko and Marina, in addition to the 10 coaches recently purchased for the Red rail line.
“To give the people commuting options, we initiated the construction of a 37 km track rail project which is steadily progressing, in addition to the complete overhaul of our water transportation system, so that we can achieve an efficient and safe transport system that suits our megacity status and befits a 21st-century economy,” he said.
In an address of welcome, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye, hinted that the project design concept was collaboratively done between the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and Ministry of Transport to provide, not only an infrastructure solution, but also a transport solution that ensures value and relief for the motoring public.
Mrs Adeyoye assured Lagosians that the contractor had been duly mobilised.
“It is noteworthy to reassure all that the administration of Governor Sanwo-Olu is determined to ensure that the project does not end up being abandoned as a necessary funding mechanism has been put in place to guarantee its timely completion,” Mrs Adeyoye said.
She explained In order “to give a sense of definition as to limits”, the Link Bridge project, she explained, “would start from the Opebi U-Turn and span across the gorge to drop at the intersection of Odo Iyalaro Bridge and approach from Ojota New Garage near Mende along Ikorodu Road.”
The Bridge and Approach Roads, is, according to her, “also designed to convey traffic from Odo Iyalaro into Maryland as well as towards Ojota New Garage on Ikorodu Road through an Underpass. The approach roads will greatly enhance vehicular movement towards Opebi/Allen/ Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way via Sheraton Link Bridge / Kudirat Abiola Way and its environs, just as it would reduce incessant traffic gridlocks being experienced over the years in the area.”
The member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, James Faleke, who spoke on behalf of the residents, applauded Governor Sanwo-olu for the landmark project and solicited the expansion of the Omole-Berger road due to the high capacity vehicles plying the route.
Reporting by Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Tola oguneye and Tony Okerafor