Lagos roads to be closed for Marathon race

Lagos Marathon [Photo credit: The Nation]
Lagos Marathon [Photo credit: The Nation]

The General Manager, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, on Sunday released detailed information on road closure on February 11, the date of the second edition of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

Alli disclosed that for about 12 hours, some parts of Lagos will be shut down for the safety of thousands of runners, hundreds of thousands of cheering fans and millions of Lagosians.

He urged residents of Ikeja and environs going to Victoria Island to go through Ikorodu Road, vehicles from Badagry, Mile 2, and environ going to Victoria Island to go through Apapa and Orile to link Eko Bridge to Victoria Island; while residents of Lagos Mainland, Surulere and environ are advised to avoid Masha Area and National Stadium but they can link Victoria Island through Iponri/Iganmu, Eko Bridge then to Victoria Island.

Alli also said vehicles coming from Ibadan, Mowe and environ can link Victoria Island through Ojota, Ikorodu Road, Eko Bridge to Victoria Island, while vehicles from Okota go through Mile 2 to Orile, Eko Bridge to Victoria Island. Those from Sango-Otta going to Victoria Island must go through Mushin, Funso Williams Avenue (Western Avenue), Eko Bridge to Victoria Island and vehicles coming from Epe, Ajah, Lekki and environ must use the Alternative Route to Victoria Island.

Lastly Ikoyi residents going to the Mainland can use Alfred Rewane (Kingsway Road) link Osborne to the Mainland.

Alli said the following roads will be totally or partially closed.

“The Third Mainland Bridge will be closed from 7.15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alaka Road Service lane will be closed from 5.45 a.m. to 7.30 a.m., National Stadium to Ojuelegba, Dormanlong Bridge, Onipanu, Obanikoro, and Anthony will be closed from 6.45 a.m. to 9 a.m., Antony Village to Oworosoki will be closed from 7.15 a.m. to 9 a..m, Adekunle Junction that links Third Mainland Bridge will be closed from 7.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

The General Manager said runners will start collecting their kits from February 1, 2017 at Molade Okoya Thomas Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium.

“I am also happy to inform our media partners that they can collect their accreditation forms at Marathon Office, Teslim Balogun Stadium. The deadline for collection and submission is February 6, and accreditation cards will be distributed February 9, 2017”.


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  • Richard Wall

    This is arrant nonsense.

    Why do these people want to shut Lagos down because of the so-called “marathon” which nobody gives a rat’s ar** about?

    In other climes, e.g. London , where ” marathons” are held, there is a very efficient public transport system, i.e underground, i.e. “the Tube” , light rail , water transport ,and decent buses, which minimizes any dislocations caused by holding the ” marathon ” .

    In Nigeria on the other hand , we do not have underground transport , neither do we have light rail. The public bus system is rudimentary , to say the least , while water transport is positively antediluvian.

    One does not need to be a genius to know that the already chaotic traffic of Lagos, will be akin to hell on earth on the day of the” marathon”.

    Lagosians do not need more hardship to compound an already bad situation.

    Any one who wants to organise a ” marathon” should go to places like Ekiti state, or Yobe state or Jigawa state, where there are wide open spaces, and very little traffic.

    A word is enough for the wise.

    • Julius

      lolz, bro, we are trying to be International !! Your advice makes too much sense and you know we don’t do things with simple common sense. After all somebody has to make money.

      • Richard Wall

        My brother, please what value does the ” Marathon ” add to Lagos?

        Do you know that there are many unmotorable roads even in choice parts of Lagos like Ikoyi , and other centrally-located areas, though less-choice areas e.g. Ikeja , etc , not to talk of areas like Ajangbadi , Idimu , Ayobo , etc, etc , which could do with a makeover.?

        I know ” guys must chop ” but why not spend the funds earmarked for the ” marathon ” on upgrading infrastructure in Lagos , which will be of more benefit to the long-suffering Lagosians, instead of on a one-day event , that is only good for massaging the ego of some government officials ( who will hog the limelight for all it is worth, and pretend that Lagos is a ” world-class” city) and Áccess bank officials ( I assume that it is being co-sponsored by Access again?

        My brother, the truth is bitter, but it must be said ; there is nothing ” world-class ” about a city without an efficient transport system , and afflicted with urban blight , the likes of which can be seen only in the ” Favelas” of Brazil , and the slums of Soweto in South Africa, and other countries south of the Sahara, e.g. Gabon , Sierra Leone, Liberia , etc.

        Maybe by the time that Eko Atlantic City is completed , that part of Lagos , and only that part , may then be described as ” world-class”.

        That is the truth. The whole truth and nothing but the truth. So help me God.

        By the way , must the ” marathon ” be held in tiny , traffic-choked Lagos, and must it be co-sponsored by the government?

        Why cant the ” marathon ” be organised in locations that are not traffic-congested , e.g. Ekiti , Jigawa , Yobe , Taraba , Osun etc, and let private sector organisations wholly sponsor it , and use the branding opportunities provided by the ” marathon” to promote their brands ?

        My brother , e go better.

        Eko onibaje.

        Itisewaju Ipinle Eko.( I hope that I got that right?)

        Take care my brother.

        • Julius

          Hey bro, you’ve aptly stated it all…nothing to add. I was laughing when I saw the headline before reading all the ridiculous routes they listed. It will be so funny if it wasn’t so sad. I dey oo my brother. We do things backwards .Glad all is well for una side. Yeah, u got it right ..lolz .Be well and blessed !