Lagos State government said it plans to provide dedicated routes for articulated vehicles and trucks plying Lagos roads with a view to reducing the incidence of accidents attributed to such vehicles across the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ajibade Bade-Adebowale, disclosed this yesterday at a media session, said efforts are on to find lasting solution to such accidents by relocating tank farms to the eastern axis of the State among others.
He disclosed that the routes would be without bridges as the roadworthiness of some of these articulated vehicles pose a serious challenge when trying to climb bridges to reach their various destinations.
The permanent secretary noted that over 200 roads have been maintained by the State’s Public Works Corporation, adding that efforts are on to ensure that the 167 on-going road projects inherited by the present administration are completed for the betterment of Lagosians.
He listed some of the roads to include Ipaja -Ayobo, Ago Palace Way, Isolo road and Lagos Badagry Expressway.
Bade-Adebowale noted that a new era of partnership is being explored with the Federal Government Agencies that will ensure Federal roads in the State are fixed quickly, adding that plans are also underway to construct 114 inner roads projects which will be executed by LGs/ LCDAs as part of efforts to enhance the capacity of the State to deliver more roads.
Similarly, the Permanent Secretary disclosed that the construction of jetties by the Ministry, especially the Badore and Osborne jetties, will soon be completed and will impact positively on the number of persons using water transportation, adding that people using ferries and boats should be safety conscious by embracing the use of life jackets.
In his remarks the General Manager Lagos State Public Works Corporation, the Agency responsible for road maintenance, Engr. Ayo Sodeinde said the Agency had worked on 200 roads and has plans to address the challenge observed at Ile – Epo Bus Stop along Lagos Abeokuta expressway.
Describing the experience of commuters on the Lagos Abeokuta Expressway and Apapa Oshodi Expressway as similar, the General Manager disclosed that Asphalt overlay on them lacks the capacity to carry the axle load that currently ply them.
While maintaining that the agency’s current efforts are not limited to state roads, Engr. Sodeine said apart from Ile Epo bus stop the Cooperation is also working on Herbert Macaulay, Volkswagen, Ojo and other parts of Badagry.He promised that the current effort around METAL BOX and ACME roads will soon be completed.
Also the General Manager said the era of deliberately damaging roads by unscrupulous individuals to either create artificial slow traffic movement in order to steal or beg for alms is over, stressing that the Nigeria Police is poised to deal with such individuals.

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