By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite, has debunked news reports suggesting that the construction work on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail has been stalled by the flyover bridge at Ijoko and right of way issues in the State.
Adegbite , in a statement said the flyover bridge has not only met the standard regulation of 5.4 metres headroom but has also saved the Federal Government additional cost of constructing a new bridge across the railway crossing.
“According to Standards and Regulations in Nigeria, bridges must have a standard clearance of 5.4 metres. Like the bridges at Apapa Oshodi Expressway, Bank Anthony Way Lagos, and the new bridge being constructed by the Ogun State Government at Ijoko have standard clearance,” the Commissioner said.
“While the Federal Government is thinking of closing level crossings along the new standard gauge line, Ogun State Government has provided the solution at Ijoko level crossing by constructing the overhead bridge. With this bridge, the Federal Government has been relieved of the cost of providing the infrastructure,” He said.
The Commissioner explained further that in order to accommodate electric power for standard gauge trains which was envisaged to take off in the future, there was need for additional one metre clearance to take the minimal requirement to 6.2 metres.
Adegbite pointed out that Ogun State Government embarked on the construction of the bridge so as to put an end to frequent deaths of pedestrians and traders along the railway crossing.
He said government had taken into consideration the standard requirement for the construction of the bridge with the full knowledge of the Nigerian Railway Corporation.
“A solution is finally agreed upon which is applicable to all overhead bridge points that the rail line will go down by 1 metre, gradually over a 500 metre run and come up the same way on the other side, giving a slope of 0.2 percent in either direction”.