The Federal Government said it is constructing three bridges and an interchange on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to decongest the ever-busy road.
Consequently, it is collaborating with the Ogun State government to secure the Right of Way (RoW) for the bridges and the interchange, according to the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.
Fashola, who spoke during an inspection of the highway on Wednesday alongside Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State at the Lotto Bridge, which is under construction, said the highway accommodates over 40,000 vehicles daily.
He said that due to the high volume of traffic, it becomes imperative to provide additional flyovers and interchanges to decongest the road.
The other bridges under construction are at Makun and MFM.
Fashola said: “We are trying to execute an interchange that will separate the main carriageway and give commuters choice, especially those going to religious places to worship, those going to universities and so on and so forth.
“So that what used to cause the congestion is limited to the barest minimum if not totally eradicated when the road is finished.
“So, we now require additional land to build the interchange, that is why I called the governor (Dapo Abiodun),” he said.
The minister said that efforts are being made by the present government to complete several stalled projects it inherited from previous administrations through adequate funding.
He said that he was satisfied with the progress of work on the ongoing reconstruction/rehabilitation efforts.
Also speaking, Governor Abiodun promised the readiness of the state to provide all the necessary support to make the project a success.
Earlier, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, gave the measurements and dimensions needed for the bridges and interchange.
Popoola also gave details on the number of buildings and services on the Right of Way of the bridges which, without paying compensations, would stall the project.
He said that section one of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project, which spans from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu Interchange has achieved 56 per cent completion.
The minister also inspected section two of the project, which spans from the Sagamu Interchange to Ojoo in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Federal Controller of Works in Ogun State, Mr Umar Bakare, said that the section was 63 per cent completed.
Bakare assured that all the challenges slowing down the project around the Ogere axis had been dealt with, helping construction get to final layer on several portions.
He also showed the minister the Ajebo flyover destroyed by an articulated vehicle carrying an excavator higher than the head room of the bridge.