Lagos removes roundabouts on Lekki-Epe Expressway

Lekki-Epe Expressway

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday completed the removal of the Jakande and Chisco roundabouts in Ikate Elegushi axis of the state as part of effort to reduce travel time on the Lekki – Epe Expressway,

Anofi Elegushi, acting commissioner for transportation, who briefed journalists after the opening of the modified Jakande junction, said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration was determined more than ever to make this Yuletide period stress free as far as traffic was concerned.

Mr. Elegushi said the third, fourth and eighth roundabouts would also be reconstructed to ease traffic congestion in the area and would be fully completed by January.

”This administration is determined to reduce the stress experienced by motorists and residents on this road.

“The roundabouts were replaced with traffic lights, expansion of the roads and provision of dedicated turning lanes as well as additional lay-bys.

”This will surely decongest traffic in this area, even for commercial vehicles, the travel time will reduce and they will have enough turnaround by earning more, ” he said.

Also speaking, the contractor for the project, Biodun Otunola, said apart from taking away the roundabouts to reduce travel time, pedestrians were also a major factor.

”Movement has been made easy for both motorists and the pedestrians, ” he said.

The Lagos State Government on August 17 announced that three roundabouts along the Lekki-Epe Expressway would be removed,

The planned removal of the three roundabouts on the Lekki-Epe Expressway include the 4th Roundabout (Elegushi); 5th Roundabout (Jakande) and the 8th Roundabout (VGC).

(NAN)


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  • aisha ani

    Just another way to embezzle money.

    • Rommel

      Have you ever appreciated anything?

      • jide

        no, i doubt he has.

        • Screw-em II

          Na Tinubu’s company that’s why priority is given Hi-Tech with no bids. But if the final product is durable and appreciable, no Wahala!!

          • Spoken word

            Tinubu is just a thief.allowing the Lebanese to fleece us,e no go better for him.

  • dami

    Lagos state should come and tell us why hi-tech is the only construction company building roads for the state….or am I wrong?

    • DTaj

      Dami, it was NOT Hi-Tech that handled this project o!!

      • dami

        Oh really?
        Lekki – epe expressway
        Ajah bridge
        Lekki phase 1 admiralty way
        Adeola odeku and counting as there are a lot of others all around lagos – clearly they are the construction company of choice / single source / no bid / bid by selection for lagos state….then small projects like this roundabout adjustment will go to small “companies” like planet projects…
        Maybe your 30% is 30% of the projects but 65% of lagos state’s capital construction spend.

    • Alcindo Satori

      It’s not important, let’s appreciate the good work that the governor is doing.

      • dami

        We can actually do both, appreciate what he is doing and ask questions to make sure he is doing it in a fair way.

        • lanre

          that is a better way of putting it

  • sammyctu ode

    In 2010 when LASG representatives came to meet with we WB consultants and ICRC officials in Abuja we reviewed all their drawings with their engineers and I as the Safeguards consultant told them that these useless roundabouts were too big, too many and not necessary. That if they conducted a good ESIA, the ESIA will reveal that these R/As will cause more traffic gridlock for motorists than solve the problems of motorists. At that time they were thinking of profits cos of the monies they will make from advertisers rather than social issues for lagosians. They ignored our advice then but I’m glad that the Ambode’s administration have realized that these useless roundabouts have been big clogs to smooth traffic flows for all of us. No engineering company MUST ignore a well conducted ESIA recommendations of any project. Successful Nigerian governments have always think about profits and that One percent people at the top rather than the masses. For any new projects or even Brown ones Environmental Impacts and Audits must be conducted for the benefits of the citizens.

  • Omoba1

    I knew this would get to the news on seeing them yesterday. I don’t know why only three roundabouts were slated for removal. All the roundabouts should be removed. Else the traffic will migrate to the existing roundabouts.

    Also, I don’t think they work will be concluded by January

  • Johncissy

    Appreciate efforts and good Jobs,dammit! Who cares wot company did which job? As long as its a good one and passes the test of time,I’m game.

  • Dejandon

    This is just addressing the symptoms of the Lekki traffic. While the removal of the roundabouts is welcomed, it will simply move the bottle-necks elsewhere on that singular road. Alternate route(s) along the length of that axis is urgently required. A single road serving possibly over 2 million people is just not adequate. That axis urgently needs the coastal road or opening of the lagoon road. Also many inner streets should be made available for use and estates putting up gates to close those inner streets should be sanctioned.

    • Babrutus

      No..!