*Closed Kara Bridge on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Opens Today
The Federal Government on Saturday gave good news to commuters along the Lagos-Ibadan axis. The government announced the commencement of free train rides on the over $1.5bn new Lagos-Ibadan railway service.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who announced this via his official Twitter handle, noted that the standard gauge rail line was ready for use.
According to him, the free rides would last for four months, from Saturday November 30, 2019, till the end of the first quarter of 2020.
Amaechi said: “Our free rides on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line will begin today (Saturday) and run through March, 2020.
“Commuters on that route can take advantage of it and save transportation during the festive period and beyond. Let’s ride on the #NextLevel. Take-off point is Iju.”
The minister’s tweet was greeted by several reactions, as some of his followers lauded the move, while others criticised the development.
Meanwhile, the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, has said the barricade around Kara Bridge would be opened to motorists on Sunday, December 1. (today).
Kuti told our correspondent on Saturday that construction work had been completed on inbound Lagos, adding that the road would be opened on Sunday morning.
According to him, when the contractor returns to site in January, construction work will commence on outbound-Lagos.
Kuti said, “Now that inbound section of the road has been completed, we don’t want to start work on the outbound section and leave it halfway, so we decided to open the road to commuters on, Sunday, so that people can move freely this Christmas.
“If we decide to continue working on outbound-Lagos, it may not be completed before Christmas and commuters will suffer because the traffic will be heavy.”
Julius Berger, the construction firm in charge of Section 1 of the road from Old Toll Gate to Sagamu Interchange, had diverted the Lagos-bound lane of the Berger Bus Stop/Kara Cattle Market on September 2, when reconstruction work on the axis began.
Vehicles, both inbound and outbound Lagos, were diverted to the outbound lane up to Isheri Junction, before redistributing to the normal lanes.
Kuti had stated then that the road would be opened by December 15.