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Why Jibowu and Costain pedestrian bridges will be demolished

Business owners and residents of Jibowu, Ojuelegba and Costain ends of Lagos Mainland should brace up for a torrid time with traffic along the axes as the Federal Government has announced two pedestrian bridges in the community would be demolished.

The plan according to the government is part of the ongoing construction work of the $1.5bn Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail project.

The bridges that would be affected are Jibowu – Ojuelegba and Costain bridge which would however be rebuilt and raised to accommodate the train.

The disclosure was made by the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi after the monthly meeting of the Project Steering Committee and inspection of the project.

InsideMainland learnt that the two bridges, as well as sewage and gas pipelines, had delayed the commencement of work as the government interfaces with stakeholders to address the challenges.

Commenting on the development, Amaechi said: “These are problems that are expected particularly when a project like this has to cut through an urban settlement like Lagos. We will meet with the Nigerian Gas Company to resolve this very soon.”

He added that: “This is a continuation of the narrow gauge line. The narrow gauge line has to come into Papalanto at Kajola and Ijoko to create space for the standard gauge line going to Ibadan.

“At Ijoko, the train will go down three metres to accommodate the overhead bridge there. There are only two bridges that will go down for the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, and they are the Jibowu to Ojuelegba overhead bridge and the Constain overhead bridge.

“We will demolish them, rebuild them and raise their height so that the trains can go under them”.

InsideMainland gathered that laying of racks for the project will start by December 2017 and is due for completion in December 2018.

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