by Damilola Agekameh
Residents and motorists using the popular Ojota end of Lagos Mainland have had a difficult time plying the route in the last few days as a result of the ongoing road repair works in the axis.
Due to the road rehabilitation which commenced on Monday, January 27, 2020, using the route has be hellish for commuters who ply the axis to access Ikorodu road and other parts of the metropolis.
Each passing day is packed with woes arising mostly from traffic-related problems as the road is undergoing construction. The affected spot stretches from the Ojota interchange down to Kudirat Abiola Junction.
The rehabilitation work intended to find a solution to the failed portions of two roads causing gridlock on Ikorodu road now adds to the gridlock in the axis.
Nowadays, the traffic situation has led to traffic officers directing all cars to the service lane on the expressway while commercial drivrs have taken advantage of the situation to increase bus fares.
Commenting, a motorist who craved anonymity said the government should consider the plight of road users when planning its interventions. “I don’t understand the thought behind blocking the two ends of the road at the same time. If at all any repair work would be done, it should be done one after the other. It is just tough on us (motorists) who drive through this route on a daily basis,” he said.
In his remarks, a commercial driver who gave his name as Amuda Yekini said while the traffic situation is yet to improve, it is an opportunity for commercial drivers to benefit from the development.
When asked the reason behind the fare increase, he said; “We always have to find a way. Instead of doing three trips in 2 hours, you can only do one comfortable. The best thing is to add the fare to a single trip.”
Meanwhile for effective traffic management, road signs and officers have been deployed to strategic points along the road.