The Lagos State Government has announced that it would partially close Western Avenue, Surulere ahead of Wednesday’s presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos.
In a statement Tuesday, Kayode Opeifa, the Commissioner for Transportation, said the partial closure is intended to control vehicular traffic during the event.
The APC will hold its primaries at the state owned Teslim Balogun Stadium, which is along the avenue, to pick its presidential candidate ahead of the 2015 election.
About 8,000 delegates are expected to pick from four presidential aspirants.
Mr. Opeifa said that traffic congestion would be expected along the Western Avenue (also known as Funsho Williams Avenue) and Masha Road in Surulere, as well as in Yaba and Costain areas.
Other roads that would be partially closed include Masha Road from Shitta roundabout to Alaka and Shitta flyover.
“Western Avenue will be closed from Alaka to National Stadium,” said Mr. Opeifa.
“Parking will be available only at the National Stadium, while pedestrian access to the convention venue will be restricted to only accredited APC members, accredited observers and accredited media personnel.”
According to the government’s plan, vehicles heading to the Lagos Island from Ikorodu Road, Yaba, Mushin, and other areas on the mainland would be diverted at Ojuelegba through Itire-Lawanson to Bode Thomas Street.
Those heading from the Island to the mainland will be diverted at Costain to link Surulere via Eric Moore, according to Mr. Opeifa.
The commissioner also said that traffic from Surulere to Agege Motor Road, Ikorodu road and Mushin would be diverted to Bode Thomas, Eric Moore, Akerele, and Itire-Lawanson to link Western Avenue via Ojuelegba roundabout.
Also, vehicles from Surulere, Alhaji Masha and Shitta area to Lagos Island and Apapa will be diverted to Bode Thomas and Eric Moore to link Eko Bridge.