The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has given reasons for the renewal and upgrade of road infrastructure in the state, especially on the Eleko and Epe corridor where the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway was reconstructed, completed and commissioned recently.
The 18.75-kilometre rural road stretching from Eleko to Epe T-junction has been upgraded from a two-lane roadway to a six-lane rigid concrete carriageway, thus ending its poor state arising from the upsurge in average daily traffic volumes that subjected its users to delay and hardship.
Sanwo-Olu noted at the commissioning of the expressway that, with its upgrade into six lanes, with street lights installation and dedicated tracks for trailers, the narrative has changed, adding that “motorists plying this route now enjoy stress-free commuting.”
The governor explained that the state government invests in infrastructure that impacts positively on the socio-economic well-being of the residents, recalling that before the intervention, the expressway was in critical condition, creating agony for travellers and causing pain in the movement of goods.
The reconstruction of the Lekki-Epe Expressway is a project, we hope, will impact positively on the lives of residents, eliminate traffic gridlocks, drastically reduce the travel time of commuters, and businesses as well as improve the socio-economic activities around the axis,” the governor said.
What the government commissioned was the first phase of the project. The second phase, according to the governor, would be done in two segments. This is for ease of funding and to reduce the traffic impact of the construction work on commuters.
He said that the 18.6km first segment would take off from Eleko to Awoyaya and to critical sections around Majek and Ogidan. Second segment, which is 11km, will kick off at Ogidan to Abraham Adesanya Roundabout.