Firm in charge of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project, Julius Berger Nigeria has assured Federal Government and Commuters that the entire construction and rehabilitation work ongoing in the area would be completed by the middle of December.
JBN hinted this yesterday in Abuja while briefing the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, that the need to inform commuters of work progress came as a result of heavy traffic experience in the past two days around the area, adding that its contractors have been working tirelessly to ensure they decongest the traffic situation.
While giving an insight into its work schedule, JBN stated that “the two main lanes of the bridge currently under construction will be completed by the end of August while work on the various other ‘narrow lanes’ would be spread over the next four months for final delivery by middle of December.
“The nature of the rehabilitation works on the long bridge section requires a complete scraping off and replacement of the asphalt surface, as replacement of the expansion joints is what necessitated the partial restrictions on the bridge.
“In order to achieve this, one half of the Lagos bound section of the bridge was blocked to traffic with the use of median crash barriers which allows for only two normal vehicles to pass at the same time,” the contractors disclosed.
The company, however, appealed that being a very challenging programme which also depended on the weather condition for completion, the cooperation of all stakeholders would be required.
Responding, Mr, Fashola also appealed for patience, orderliness and cooperation from commuters as rehabilitation and reconstruction work on the expressway progressed.
The minister urged them to bear with the federal government and contractors, as the current temporary discomfort will eventually lead to a safer and smoother motoring experience when the work is completed.
According to the Minister, “The contracting firm has been working to adjust the barriers backwards to make more room for traffic to move faster, and this is in collaboration with other stakeholders.
“Work was ongoing on the repairs of an alternative route to which smaller vehicles will be diverted,” he said.
It would be recalled that JBN resumed work on the expressway after moving away from the site for over 12 months, due to non-payment for work done by the previous administration.

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