The Lagos State Government has commenced Junction Improvement Works at Awolowo Way/Kodesho/Oba Akran Road, Underpass (by Computer Village) in Ikeja area of the state for duration of eight months.
In a statement released by the Ministry of Transportation, the Commissioner, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde explained that the construction will be done in phases commencing with the removal of structures not impeding on traffic, followed by diversion of traffic from midnight Friday 10th September, 2021 for the full project commencement.
The Commissioner who also revealed that the construction site has been divided into 4 zones, however, allays motorists fear by assuring them that efficient traffic diversion plan is well mapped out for each zone, urging citizenry to cooperate with the State Government by adhering to all the directions of the State Traffic Management Authority, (LASTMA) and the traffic advisory provided to minimise the inconveniences that may arise from the construction.
Highlighting the diversion plan, Oladeinde maintained that during the construction at Lasuth Underbridge axis inbound Obafemi Awolowo way (Zone 1), Traffic heading towards Oba Akran/Underbridge will be diverted to Oriyomi Street to link Olowu, to access Awolowo Way for the desired destination or proceed to make a U-turn to connect Ajao Street and access Adeniyi Jones.
Motorists coming from the outbound lane on Awolowo Road will be diverted to Ajao Street to link Adeniyi Jones and also connect them with Oba Akran, while a U-turn to Oshifila or Modupe Street will link up with Akinremi or Adegbola for the desired destinations during the construction of Obafemi Awolowo inbound Oba Akran axis (Zone 2). Ikeja Flyover Bridge will also be open to motorists to utilize alternately during the duration of the Junction Improvement project.
For motorists heading towards the Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway, Oladeinde further stated that they will be diverted to the same routes highlighted under Zone 2 Traffic Diversion, emphatically, Modupe Street to connect Adegbola or Akinremi Street to access Simbiat Abiola Way to reach their destination.
In light of the current traffic management at construction zones, the Transport Commissioner commends Lagosians for their patience and understanding. While soliciting for further cooperation, he advised motorists against indiscriminate parking of vehicles along diversionary routes to optimise the capacity available for movement.