Lagos State Government Seeks Lasting Solution to Traffic Gridlock on Lekki-Ajah Expressway
Written by Adekoya on July 10, 2019
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu has said the Lekki toll gate and Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge will be left opened during peak periods tomorrow.(11/7/19)
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who made this known in an interview with newsmen after an inspection tour of the Lekki-Epe Expressway said the measure was part of efforts to find lasting solutions to the perennial traffic gridlock on the Victoria Island-Lekki-Ajah expressway.
The Victoria-Island Lekki-Ajah axis is one of the traffic prone areas in Lagos due to the large number of people residing in the axis and the presence of many business.
Governor Sanwo-Olu explained that the opening of the toll gates would enable the contractor to further identify the cause of the traffic.
Sanwo-Olu said: “We have consulted with a few traffic experts and what we are going to do tomorrow is to leave the toll plazas opened. The Lekki-Ikoyi link bridges will be opened for over three hours from 6.30a.m to 9.30a.m. and the Lekki toll plaza at Admiralty will also be opened
both in the morning and the evening from 4.30 PM or 5pm . The objective is that we want to do a real simulation of traffic study”
The Governor stated that later in the year, the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge would be turned into full electronic contact thereby cutting off the delays caused by queues to pay the toll fare.
“We are trying to change the entire software and come Oct.1 ,this toll plaza will go electronic.This means that people will not be paying cash on this toll plaza again.We are trying to reconfigure and come up with a solution. It is going to take us additional three months. End of September into the first week of October.
Once this is done, we can assure you that traffic and journey time would be reduced by well over 50 per cent.
The other solution is that we have a contract with the advertising signage on reducing the size of the roundabout. The roundabout is big and we need to reduce or remove it completely” Mr Sanwo-Olu explained.
He said the drainage on the Abraham Adesanya end of the road which has been causing flood in the area would also be rehabilitated.
On assumption of office, Governor Sanwo-Olu had declared an emergency on traffic management and the environment.
Governor Sanwo-Olu had earlier met with some stakeholders in the Victoria Island-Lekki axis to proffer solutions to the perennial traffic on the Victoria Island-Lekki-Ajah roads.
The meeting which was convened by key members of the organised private sector In the axis was also attended by representatives of major land owners.
Mr Biodun Otunola whose company was contracted to do a circulation study of the area identified bad condition of the inner street and link roads and poor drainage systems as responsible for the congestion and suggested that some of the inner roads should be classified as one-way after rehabilitation, while the remaining roundabouts on the long stretch of the road should be removed and traffic signal lights installed.
The immediate past administration had done away with some of the major roundabout in the axis, a move which residents agreed had reduced traffic gridlock on the road.