FG To Open Kara Axis Of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway On Sunday

A file photo of a section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in South-west Nigeria.

 

 

The Federal Government has announced plans to open the Kara Bridge of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Sunday.

The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday.

According to him, the road would be opened by 9am to ease the flow of traffic on the highway, especially as the festive period is fast approaching.

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Kuti affirmed that construction work had been completed on that part of the road inbound Lagos, but the government has decided to suspend construction work on the highway outbound Lagos.

He explained 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.

The government official 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.

Things You Need To Know About The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Partial Closure

  • The expressway will be closed at the Berger-Kara end for reconstruction works between September 1 and October 31.

 

  • The partial closure was supposed to have started on August 3. But it was postponed by a month till September 2.

 

  • The federal government wants to complete that portion of the road before Christmas.

 

  • Julius Berger Nigeria Plc is the construction company handling the road’s rehabilitation.

 

  • The FRSC says some alternative routes for motorists include the Lagos-Abeokuta and Ikorodu-Sagamu roads. 

 

  • The FRSC also says it had made plans to deploy more personnel to the area for 24 hour patrol, while the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other security agencies are expected to help with traffic control.

 

  • Lagos state traffic agency, LASTMA has released a traffic advisory for motorists plying the road. 

 

  • According to LASTMA, the partial closure affects motorists moving inwards towards Berger from Kara Bridge and those moving from Berger towards Kara Bridge.

Three Killed In Fresh Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Accident

 

A fresh accident has occurred on the Kara bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, killing three people and leaving several others injured.

The accident which occurred in the early hours of Saturday involved two trucks and three other cars.

Consequently, there has been a gridlock outward Lagos.

However, the Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and other officials are on ground to manage the situation.

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The accident comes barely 24 hours after a fuel tanker fell on the OPIC end of the same road, spilling its content.

Although there were no casualties, the incident resulted in a gridlock which lasted for hours.

Gridlock As Container Falls On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

File: Kara Bridge

 

Commuters heading out of Lagos State via the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday morning were stuck in a gridlock for hours after a container fell on the expressway.

The container fell off the flatbed truck carrying it on the Kara Bridge axis of the expressway, preventing vehicular traffic.

There was no casualty in the incident as no vehicle was hit by the container as it fell.

As a result of the incident, however, several vehicles were stuck in a gridlock that stretched from the Kara Bridge toward Ojodu Berger.

An eyewitness photo of the container that fell on Thursday morning along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Stranded drivers and commuters were seen at the scene of the accident with others standing by their vehicles as efforts were being made to remove the container from the road.

Men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) who were deployed to the scene of the accident eventually got the container of the expressway and normal vehicular movement has since resumed.

The Kara Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is a bit notorious for accidents.

In January this year, there was a multiple-accident there with one of the vehicles involved falling off the bridge.

In November 2017, there were at least two multiple-accidents there with a total of seven people losing their lives.

Baby Dead, Several Others Injured In Trailer, Motorbike Accident

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A Wednesday morning trailer and motorcycle accident on Kara Bridge has left at least one person dead and several others injured.

The trailer is reported to have hit the motorcycle conveying a woman and her baby, killing the baby and injuring the mother in the process.

The trailer thereafter plunged into the river but was held back by the body.

Eyewitnesses said the accident is caused as a result of the loss of control of the driver of the trailer.

The driver, his conductor and a passenger is believed to have plunged into the river alongside the head of the trailer.

Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) official confirmed to Channels Television that the dead and injured have been taken away from the scene of the accident.

They are also working to ensure the free flow of traffic in the area of the accident.

Further Details Shortly…

Another Kara Bridge Accident Kills Two Persons

Barely two days after a multiple accident occurred at the Kara bridge axis of the Lagos Ibadan expressway, where five people lost their lives, another tragic accident has occurred today, November 18 at same Kara Bridge.

At least two people were confirmed dead in today’s accident which involved a luxury passenger bus and a liteace bus on the same spot.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to Channels Television said the driver of the luxury bus lost control of the vehicle, thereby hitting the liteace bus from the rear, killing a passenger and a pedestrian in the process before finally plunging into a nearby canal. Some surviviors accused the driver of the liteace bus of being reckless.

The Lagos-Ibadan expressway is fast becoming prone to accidents as this accident is coming barely two days after five people were killed in a multiple car accident in the same area.

Another Tanker Accident Occurs On Kara Bridge

Another Tanker Accident Occurs On Kara Bridge Another tanker accident occurred on Thursday at the Kara bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

This comes barely less than a month after the road witnessed a horrifying accident that claimed four lives.

The latest one occurred just a few metres away from where the initial one occurred.

The accident happened when a tanker lost control and rammed into a passenger bus conveying 12 passengers, almost knocking it over the bridge.

The incident led to traffic build up but the combined effort of the Police, Federal Road Safety Commission, Lagos State Fire Service and the Ogun State Road Marshals brought it under control.

Thankfully, no life was lost but those with injuries are said to be receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

Alcohol Identified As Key Contributor To Road Accidents

 Alcohol, road accidentRoad Safety 2016 reports say approximately 223 lives, have been lost in Ogun state alone, due to a number of reasons, one of which Data Analyst, Babajide Ogunsanwo identifies as abuse of alcohol by drivers.

It’s been a week of horrible road movement, following the ongoing construction and subsequently a ghastly accident that occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Although rescue efforts were promptly completed by emergency officers such as men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), and Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC), commutters have had to suffer long hours in a gridlock in the preceding days.

Data analyst, Babajide ogunsawo, analyzing the road infrastructure and “how we got ourselves here” described the gridlock as “extremely horrible”.

He recalled that five and a half decades ago, Nigeria’s road infrastructure, and the network around the country was 65 thousand kilometres but, “today it’s more than double that amount – population has more than quadrupled”.

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Babajide Ogunsanwo

“At the start of this new millennium, the total estimated vehicles on Nigerian roads was 1.3 million, now its seven times what it was about 16 years ago.

“Population has significantly grown as well as number of vehicles on the roads” he added.

He then stated that a logical solution would be to increase the capacity of the roads, by increasing the number of lanes and improving maintenance of roads.

However, according to him, evidence based on several global studies, shows that when countries increase the capacity of their roads, they get more cars to fill in those roads.

“Hence, we need to realise that even though we have a transportation problem, the transportation solution may not necessarily get us out of the problem.

Mr Ogunsanwo stated that although the government makes plans based on the population figures, what they are not doing right is looking through the same perspective.

He said the Commissioner of Health in Lagos as at 2015, Dr Jide Idris, revealed something that several analysts call the “greatest information in Lagos in the last decade”.

He said although it was not about transportation, it has great significance on our road infrastructure.

According to him, Mr Idris and his team had conducted a survey among bus drivers in Lagos, and it showed that 80% of bus drivers in Lagos, were either on drugs or alcohol.

The information analyst said Lagos state has the biggest economy in the country, as measured by GDP, while also recalling that the FRSC Marshall had on Thursday, stated that road transportation was the most important means that leads people to their various destination.

Analysing all the information, he came to a conclusion that “bus drivers in Lagos indeed are leaders because they are the ones that take a lot of families to their various destination.

“However, if majority of these drivers are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it only means that most of the leaders don’t know where they are going”.

Furthermore, he stated that the National Bureau of Statistics, in their last consumption reports said most Nigerian families spend more on alcohol and entertainment than on education.

Mr Ogunsanwo then posited that when there is road congestion, “we need to connect these dots so we can clearly see where the problem comes from” in order to apply necessary solutions.

Ogun River: University Don Blames Human Activity For Hyacinth

Kara-River-Turns-DryThe Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has blamed human activities for the water hyacinth at the Ogun River.

He said this while leading a team of researchers from the University for a Field Work.

“Because of human activity going on there is on the increase, you have animals and other things they are working on being dumped in the river.

“You also have construction work going on here and the people throw some of the bamboo inside the river and because of that you have that blocking the pathway which the river is supposed to flow and pass the foot of the bridge.

“With that we have the accumulation of water hyacinth which has formed a mat on the river”, he said

The field work, he says, is to throw light into the phenomenon that led to the accumulation of water hyacinth around the base of the Berger Bridge.

Professor Ogundipe who blamed it on human activities, called for a close watch of what goes on around that area.

The Ogun River flows under the Kara Bridge around Ojodu Berger area of Lagos.

A part of the popular Ogun River suddenly went dry on June 18, 2016.

Unidentified green plants are seen on the river while the water body has given way

Ogun River “Turns To Dryland” At Kara Market

Kara-River-Turns-DryA part of the popular Ogun River which flows under the Kara Bridge around Ojodu Berger area of Lagos State has suddenly gone dry.

Unidentified green plants are seen on the river while the water body has given way.

The Kara cattle market community under the bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway has become a Mecca of some sort with residents of the community and passers-by trooping to see the dried section of the river which once provided water for the Kara cattle and ram market.

VIDEO: KARA RIVER “DRY UP” LINKED TO WATER HYACINTH

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Traffic in bound Lagos slowed down and Road Safety officials tried to make light the gridlock.

Before the unusual incident, the water body once served as means of transportation for canoe owners but residents say they woke up to see the channel blocked on Saturday morning.

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The Lagos-Ibadan expressway has become a Mecca of some sort

There were initial suspicion that this could be water hyacinth but the surface of what used to be the flowing river had become a firm ground.

Some people were seen testing the solidity of the green that has taken over the waterway by walking across the river and some found it a readymade recreation ground.

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Surprisingly, on the other side of the Kara Bridge, the river is seen flowing freely.
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Some people were seen testing the solidity of the green

Surprisingly, on the other side of the Kara Bridge, the river was seen flowing freely.

Environmentalists have, however, warned that residents keep off the blocked channel for the risks of it opening up unexpectedly and advised relevant authorities find a means of clearing the plants.

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The plant