by Alli Mustapha
Yesterday, March 12, Lagos State Government has announced that it will close the PWD Level Crossing in Ikeja between Sunday and Tuesday to facilitate completion of the ongoing construction of the Lagos–Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail line.
In a statement issued by the Public Affairs Unit of the State Ministry of Transportation, the level crossing would be closed between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day.
According to the Ministry of Transportation, the closure is to allow the laying of tracks in the axis by the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), the contractor handling the project.
“The routes will be closed daily from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day. Alternative routes have also been provided for road users to utilise during the construction.
“Motorists plying PWD level crossing will be diverted to Ashade Underpass, by Idimongoro to join Ikeja Along or climb Airport Bridge by Ikeja General Hospital to link Oshodi Motorway to ensure reaching their various destinations with ease.
“Road users are advised to comply with the traffic directions to minimise inconvenience in movement,” the statement said.
It added that the closure had been slated at such time to ensure there was a smooth and uninterrupted flow of work on the rail tracks.
However, Lagos state government appealed and urge the residents of the state, especially motorists plying the corridor to bear the pains.