Following the partial closure of the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge to give room for its anticipated repair, traffic congestion yesterday piled up on Ikorodu road , one of the routes billed to act as alternative route to the Lagos Island.
It was revealed that there was traffic snarl up on Ikorodu Road-Western Avenue-Lagos Island route the Ikorodu Road-Yaba- Oyingbo-Iddo-Lagos Island alternative routes fuelling the fear that today’s traffic may be worse as more people hits the roads to the Island.
As a mark for full preparation for repair work, the contractors have moved their materials and equipment to site for full commencement of work.
Allaying the fears of motorists and commuters, the State Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, assured Lagosians of free vehicular movement, adding that the officials of the State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) had strategized traffic control measures that would ease vehicular movement on the bridge and alternative routes.
Opeifa maintained that the pains which Lagosians would experience during this period will be very minimal compared to that of 2008 when the same Bridge underwent repairs ,adding that many alternative routes to the Bridge that were not in good shape some years back had been constructed, with several others rehabilitated with the help of the State Public Works Corporation.
“This is not new. We have done it before in 2008, but now it will be better because the options are better with the construction of the other routes. The options are better as long as we drive safely and drive according to instructions,” he added.
He urged motorists plying this route to always stay tuned to the Traffic Radio for timely update of traffic reports on and around the Third Mainland Bridge, emphasizing that the transportation that LASTMA officials and Police officers would be stationed at every point of diversion and interchange for adequate traffic control.