Following months of construction work along the Lagos-Badagry expressway leading to a heavy traffic gridlock in the axis, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has directed that the completed portions of road from Eric Moore to Okokomaiko be opened up to traffic as soon as possible following the completion of works by the contractor.
Similarly, Ambode also directed the Public Works Corporation to intensify palliative works on the road from Okokomaiko to Badagry.
Commenting on the development, the State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya, said the Governor was touched by the discomfort being experienced by the motoring public plying that axis and has vowed to continue to intensify all necessary steps to ameliorate their sufferings.
He noted that security and traffic agencies have been directed to enforce the provisions of the state traffic law by dislodging roadside traders and hawkers from the road, while also arresting any law enforcement officer caught extorting money from motorists.
“It has four dedicated toll lanes, four service lanes, two BRT lanes, 23 BRT online bus stations and seven toll link interchanges, seven bridges and 16 flyovers amongst other features,” Akinsanya said.
He explained that for ease of funding and construction, the 60km length project was originally divided into three lots, Eric Moore to Mile 2, Mile 2 to Okokomaiko and Okokomaiko to Seme-Badagry.
Recall that the Lagos Badagry Expressway was constructed by the Federal Government in 1977 as a highway to inter-connect all the ECOWAS Countries and it is in recognition of its importance as a trade route and to further boost the development of the Badagry axis that the Lagos State Government took it upon itself to embark on the project.