The Director of the Federal Highways, South-West, Mr Funso Adebiyi has stated that the Federal Government will remove all diversions around construction zones on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to motorists from December 15, 2019. Usually, that corridor witnesses increased activities during yuletide.
Adebiyi, made the disclosure during interaction with truck drivers in Ogere, Ogun State.
He said the decision was to ensure free flow of traffic during the Christmas period, adding that work would resume after the season. “We are going to open the entire road by the time Christmas approaches to enhance traffic flow,” he said.
The about 65 kilometres of the road, he stated had been completed; 20 kilometres on Section 1 from the Old Toll Gate to Sagamu interchange being handled by Julius Berger and 45 kilometres on Section 2, from the interchange to Ibadan being handled by the RCC.
He also ordered truck drivers to either relocate or move backwards by at least 50 metres from the construction zone to enable the government to meet its obligation on the road.
He said the activities of the truck drivers have made the reconstruction of some sections of the road almost impossible. While addressing stakeholders including truck owners/drivers’ associations, law enforcement agencies and traditional rulers, he however appealed to to comply with the government to avoid the use of force to drive compliance. He said, “the government can use force but when we relate as brothers, it is better for us.”