It’s official! The suffering is about to come to end for Ogudu-Ojota residents who queue for hours to use the pedestrian bridge on their way to eke out a living. InsideMainland has been reliably informed that the much anticipated second pedestrian bridge will be open to the public in a matter of days.
The contractors told InsideMainland, that “the major works on the pedestrian bridge have been done already. We are only putting finishing touches like spraying the beams, fixing the inter-locks, the artworks and other final checks that needed to be done before the official opening.”
The project engineer added that “this should be wrapped up by tomorrow and we will expect the clients (Lagos State Government) to give the details of when the official opening would be done.”
InsideMainland was also granted an exclusive access to give a peek into what Ogudu-Ojota residents should expect.
The project which commenced in 2016 was born out of the need to provide an alternative footbridge at the popular Ojota bus stop to complement the existing one following the upsurge in its usage. This was after the government installed the New Jersey Wall on the median of the expressway which prevented commuters access to cross the expressway.
As a result, residents besieged the only existing Ojota pedestrian bridge with numbers queuing to use the platform daily.
Speaking on the necessity at that time, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, disclosed that “the decision arose out of the need to reduce the long time pedestrians using the bridge were now spending on queue”.
Once opened for public use, the new bridge would also accommodate the special needs of the physically-challenged.
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