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IN MARYLAND: Motorists groan over incessant traffic gridlock caused by new road demarcation

About one month after the Lagos State Government (LASG) commenced construction works at the Maryland end of Lagos Mainland to create space for a lay-by and another lane demarcation in the axis, motorists who ply the route regularly have complained about the traffic gridlock caused by the project.

During rush hours, motorists battle to drive through the axis as a result of the road that has become tiny as a result of the new lane demarcation built at the spot.

Speaking to InsideMainland, a resident, Oladele Ijelu said that the lane demarcation was not needed in the area. “This is simply window dressing and nothing else best explains it. The government has not only done wrong in the construction, it is indeed a waste of scarce public funds on an irrelevant project,” he said.

He continued that: “The road itself is barely wide enough to contain more than to cars at a go. With this new demarcation, only a car can drive through the lane at a time. The other lane meant for drivers coming through Adedotun Dina is a death trap for anyone who is not careful because you can easily hit the curbstone.”

Another commercial bus driver popularly known as danfo, Junaid Kosoko corroborated Ijelu saying “the traffic situation would have been better if there was no demarcation at the spot.”

“The area is usually blocked before due to drivers coming through the Ikorodu road expressway inward the service lane and other from Maryland trying to connect the expressway. This recent development has added to the hardship and the government should kindly reconsider this decision,” he added.

In addition, a visibly angry road user who identified herself as Mrs. Ikechukwu stressed that the government chose to pay less attention to pertinent issues to put up an irrelevant demarcation. “There parts of the state that need urgent attention including road rehabilitation and getting refuse off the street but this is what the Ambode government chose to do. It is meaningless,” she said.

Meanwhile, motorists and other commuters were left stuck in a heavy traffic gridlock earlier today, Thursday, June 21, 2018, after a tanker got trapped on a lane in the newly built demarcation inward New Garage.

Scores of road users were seen trekking to their various destinations due to a scarcity of commercial buses as a result of the number of buses trapped in the gridlock.

See some photos from the scene below.

 

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