Traffic Builds As Repair Works Resumes On Kara Bridge Axis


Commuters along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway stretching from Berger to Kara cattle market axis are expected to face longer journey hours as repair work resumes. 

The road which was re-opened on December 1, 2019, was partially closed in September when the reconstruction work commenced and traffic was diverted on both sides of the expressway.

Channels Television observed that traffic outbound Lagos has already been diverted to the inbound section, with slow vehicular movements witnessed, similar to the one witnessed since the commencement of the reconstruction.

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Both in and out-bound motorists now have had to endure the gridlock which sometimes lasts for hours.

The initial work plan was reviewed when the ministry failed to meet up with the set completion date for the 1.2-kilometer rehabilitation and reconstruction which kicked off in September last year.

According to the Federal Controller of Works, Mr. Adedamola Kuti who spoke to Channels Television, the project is expected to be completed next month.

“We are fully ready for this; we are right in the dry season, a construction season so we don’t expect the kind of experience we had during the rainy season.

“By the time we get ready, here should be taking us this month and next month. By the end of February we should be completing the 600 meters work on the outbound Lagos,” he confirmed.

The rainy season forced the deadline for the completion of the reconstruction of the Kara/Berger, forcing road users to bear the brunt as they spent long hours in traffic.

Commuters have been enjoying an easier flow of traffic on the highway since it was re-opened in December 2019.

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Two Killed, One Critically Injured In Otedola Bridge Accident

 

Two persons have been killed while one person is in a critical condition following an accident that occurred on the Otedola bridge off the Berger-end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The accident which occurred on Saturday involved a truck carrying granite and an SUV.


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General-Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the incident and the number of casualties to Channels Television.

According to LASEMA, three others were rescued, while two were treated on the spot and discharged.

Fire Guts Kara Market On New Year’s Eve

 

The Kara market located along the Berger end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway has been gutted by fire.

On arriving at the scene, Channels TV observed that some goods, shops and a vehicle had been burnt to ashes.

According to some of the traders, the incident was as a result of a generator explosion.

Currently, there are no casualties and men of the fire service were on ground to quench the inferno.

 

Christmas Day: Two Killed, Five Crashes Recorded On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

A total of five road crashes were recorded at various sections of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Christmas Day.

Spokesperson for the Ogun State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Florence Okpe, confirmed this in a situation report forwarded to Channels Television on Thursday.

The first crash was said to have occurred at about 04:48am on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway around RCCG CAR PARK C.

This involved a tanker laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, which crashed into the road barriers.

 

Although two persons were involved and none sustained injury or died, the incident impeded traffic for several hours on the outward Lagos section of the highway.

Similarly, a second crash occurred at about 06:55am involving another truck that spilled its alcoholic beverages it was conveying on the road.

Two persons were also involved but no injury or death was recorded from the crash.

The third crash occurred about three hours later also on the highway, claiming the lives of two persons.

 

“A total of five persons were involved, all male adults,” the Sector Command spokesperson said, adding “three persons were injured but two male adults were killed.”

According to her, the cause of the crash was as a result of route violation at a high speed that led to a loss of control.

Florence explained that the vehicle was driving against traffic before it collided with pedestrians waiting to board commercial vehicles.

She noted that the injured victims were rescued and taken to a hospital in Sagamu while the bodies of the killed victims were deposited at a morgue.

 

The fourth crash also occurred on the same route with three vehicles involved but this time, under the Sagamu Interchange Bridge at about 5:30pm.

Two tankers conveying petroleum products were said to have crashed into each other on the outward section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Both vehicles went up in flames due to the impact of the crash and this impaired traffic while the section of the road was temporarily closed to traffic.

 

Six people were involved and no injury or death was recorded from the crash.

About six hours later, the fifth crash occurred around J5 Park at Ogere along the highway, involving three persons.

The three victims were injured but no death was recorded.

Petrol-Laden Tanker Crashes, Causes Gridlock On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

A tanker laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, has crashed along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The incident occurred at about 5:10am on Christmas Day around the RCCG Car Park C in Mowe on the outward Lagos section of the highway.

This has resulted in a gridlock on both sections of the road, the spokesperson for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun State Command, Florence Okpe, said in a statement.

The tanker was said to be conveying petrol before it crashed into the barriers, although the FRSC said it was managing the situation.

 

Okpe revealed that the agency immediately contacted the Fire Service and Julius Berger Nigeria PLC Emergency Team to commence transloading and removal of the crashed tanker and eventual realignment of the displaced barriers, to restore traffic.

“The FRSC hereby advises the early morning travellers going on far journeys to seek alternative routes away from the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via the Long Bridge to Mowe.

“The alternate corridors available are the Victoria Island-Ajah- Ijebu Ode Corridor and the Lagos-Ota- Itori-Abeokuta Expressway, considering the period it could take to transload the PMS in the crashed vehicle to another empty tanker, remove the crashed vehicle from the ditch, replace the road barriers the crash displaced and restore traffic,” the statement said.

The State Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, also appealed to motorists to note the traffic occurrences and bear with the inconveniences.

He gave the assurance that the FRSC rescue team was working with sister traffic and emergency agencies to restore free vehicular movement in the area.

FG Reopens Kara End Of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

The Federal Government has reopened the Kara Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The re-opening of the road began at about 9:00 am on Sunday and has brought about an easier flow of traffic on the highway which has otherwise been notorious for serious traffic jams since the commencement of the reconstruction.

It had been partially closed in September when the reconstruction work commenced and traffic was diverted on both sides of the expressway.

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Both in and out-bound motorists who have had to use the expressway have had to endure the gridlock which sometimes lasted for hours.

However, with the development, commuters may now be able to heave a sigh of relief especially as the festive period approaches.

Reconstruction of the other half of the road is expected to commence in January 2020.

Five Killed In Accident Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Lagos-Ibadan, FRSC
file photo

 

Five persons have died in an accident which occurred along the Lagos Ibadan Expressway.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun State Command, confirmed this in a report released on Sunday.

According to the report, the incident which involved one vehicle occurred around 21:10 pm on Saturday.

A total of 14 people (10 male and 4 female) were involved, nine of which survived with injuries.

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The State FRSC Commander, Clement Oladele stated that the Injured victims were rushed to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Sagamu, for treatment, while the corpses of the dead victims were deposited at the hospital’s morgue.

While the true cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained, Oladele noted that it may have been as a result of over speeding.

He commiserated with the victims and enjoined members of the public whose relations travelled in the Ill-fated crash to contact the FRSC Command in Sagamu or the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Sagamu, for further details.

The sector commander also reiterated the need for motorists to drive cautiously within the recommended speed of 50 kilometers per hour at construction sites.

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.

Deadline For Completion Of Kara End Of Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Extended

 

 

The completion of the reconstruction of the Kara/Berger axis of the Lagos Ibadan expressway has suffered a setback.

With the commencement of the reconstruction work in September, it was billed to be completed by mid-December but it appears that may no longer be feasible.

The inbound Lagos lane had been shut down over the last couple of months, while the outbound lane had been split to accommodate vehicles commuting in and out of the state.

Both lanes ought to have been fully reconstructed and reopened by December but the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos State, Adedamola Kuti, told Channels Television that the delay has been partly because of the rainy season.

Consequently, road users have been forced bear the brunt as they spend long hours in traffic.

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Mr Kuti, however, says, “We hope that we are already getting to the end of the rainy season, so if it continues like that, we should be able to complete the inbound Lagos and at the end of the day, once it is completed, rather than putting our people under serious stress, we will open both lanes because by then we will be entering into the Christmas season so we will open both lanes and allow the traffic to run”.

According to him, hopefully by January 2020, the rains would have subsided and the construction of the second half of the road can be completed.

“By January next year, we will come back and work on the outbound Lagos”.

Road Diversion Commences For Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Reconstruction

Road diversion and partial road closure on Monday commenced in preparation for the reconstruction of a portion of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The portion of the road set for reconstruction is from Berger Bus Stop to Kara Bridge.

Security and traffic management officials have been deployed to the scene of the diversion to control security and traffic situation.

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Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Adedamola Kuti told Channels Television that as soon as the diversion is completed, the road construction will commence.

“We are starting from towards the end of the Bridge.

“Those who are leaving Lagos, we will restrict them to their lane while those who are coming into Lagos, we will move them to the inner-bound lane after which we can now secure the construction zone,” he said.

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) had earlier on Sunday announced that due to the reconstruction work, movement from Kara Bridge inward Berger would be sealed off while traffic would be diverted into the other part of the road going out of Lagos.

A travel advisory was also released to ease movement for those who will be plying the road.

See the travel advisory released by LASTMA below:

Partial Closure Of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway To Last Till October 31 – LASTMA

A file photo of traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

 

 

The partial closure of some sections of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway will commence on Monday, September 2 and last until October 31.

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) announced this in a travel advisory released on Sunday.

It explained that movement from Kara Bridge inward Berger would be sealed off while traffic would be diverted into the other part of the road going out of Lagos.

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LASTMA noted that the road would be divided into two lanes, both ways and traffic would be divided back to the road going inward Lagos at Berger intersection which links River Valley Estate.

It, however, announced alternative routes for road users travelling in and out of Lagos, urging them to take advantage of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway from/to Abeokuta, connecting from/to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Other routes recommended by the agency are Sagamu-Ikorodu Road from/to Sagamu connecting through Sagamu Interchange from/to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, as well as Ijebu-Ode – Itoikin Road from/to Ijebu-Ode connecting from/to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

See the travel advisory released by LASTMA below:

FG Postpones Rehabilitation Of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

FRSC Announces Traffic Diversion On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

The Federal Government has postponed the planned repair works scheduled to begin August 3, 2019 on the Berger to Ogun River axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to a communique by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, the rehabilitation has been moved to the second of September.

The Federal Controller of Works, Engineer A.O Kuti, notes that the postponement was to enable for effective traffic management plan, as well as to show sensitivity to Nigerians.

It adds that the government and the constructors have reviewed the work plan and come of with the 2nd of September as a suitable date.

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