The Federal Government has said that the reconstruction and repair works on the Lagos Ibadan Expressway is already 42 percent completed, just as it opened the Kara Bridge of the Road, 9am yesterday as he has promised.
The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti who confirmed this ,while speaking on the Channels TV 10 pm News programme yesterday, said the re-opening of the Kara Bridge is to ease the flow of traffic on the highway, especially as the festive period is fast approaching.
Kuti affirmed that construction work had been completed on that part of the road inbound Lagos, but that government has decided to suspend that of outbound Lagos, explaining that if work was allowed to go on, it would affect the movement of travellers ,during the period and they would not like to leave it halfway.
He added that contractors would return to the site in January and immediately commence construction work on the other side of the road.
Motorists on the highway can now heave a sigh of relief with the opening of the road after almost three months since it was partially closed.
It has been a tough situation, since September 2 ,for Nigerians living after the Kara Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway going inwards Lagos ,as they are made to face traffic which sometimes lasts a few hours.
The partial closure was initially scheduled to begin on August 3, but it was postponed by one month for Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the construction company handling the project, to commence work.
Upon the closure, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) advised travellers to take the Lagos-Abeokuta and Ikorodu-Sagamu highways, as alternative routes, while the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) released a traffic advisory for motorists plying the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Work on the Expressway is expected to be completed in December 2022.