The Lagos State Government says it has started the construction of an alternative road from the Olopomeji area to decongest the gridlock in the Iyana Oworoshoki area leading to the Third Mainland Bridge.
Dr Dayo Mobereola, the Commissioner for Transportation, who spoke in Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday August 15th, explained that the move was part of efforts to end gridlock on the expressway between the tollgate area and the Third Mainland Bridge.
Mobereola, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Anofi Elegushi, reportedly added that the government was constructing the alternative route on Oduduwa Road.
He said, “This road will run parallel to the Third Mainland Bridge. It will take traffic to the Iyana Oworoshoki community and at the same time remove traffic caused by commercial yellow buses that pick passengers on the highway.
We have commenced the construction from Olopomeji to Ifako bus stop. It is also significant to state that there are encumbrances on the right of way, which need to be cleared to make way for the road.”
Mobereola reportedly said a storeyed building belonging to one Chief Afolabi Yusuf would be demolished while 11 walls, 16 shops and four other buildings would be affected minimally.
“As an administration, which cares for its citizens, we have met with those involved with a view to compensating them. In the case of the house to be demolished, compensation has been paid. Those with minimal demolition will also be compensated by way of replacement of fence walls, among other things,” he added.
He said the need to establish the right of way, which led to the demolition, was traceable to the quality and specification of the road to be built.
He however called on private sector to partner the state government to quickly deliver on the project, saying it was in the overall interest of residents of the state.