Ambode commissions Ketu-Alapere lay-by to decongest traffic

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The Lagos State Government has unveiled the newly built Ketu-Alapere Lay-by and 700m concretized Slip Road to decongest traffic in the area.

Unveiling the laby-by and slip roads on Saturday, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the project was another mission statement of his administration’s commitment to making life better for residents and investors in the State.

Speaking through his Deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, the governor said that the new look of Alapere-Ketu Lay-by, was characterized by the construction of a two-lane access road from Iyana Oworo inwards Alapere-Ketu that would relieve traffic flow towards Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Ojodu-Berger axis.

The newly built slip road at Alapere, Ketu
The newly built slip road at Alapere, Ketu

He said that provision was also made for pedestrian safety with the integration of a two-metre wide walkway and drainage on one side of the lay-by access inwards Alapere-Ketu, to ensure that vehicular movement is not impeded by pedestrians.

Ambode urged transport unions to educate their members on observation of State Traffic Laws and road etiquette for the safety of all, saying that the provision of the lay-by will considerably reduce travel time for all motorists therefore, commercial vehicles have no cause to create gridlocks in order to get to their destinations.

“Apart from being concretized, the Slip Road also comes with horticulture, artworks, walkways, covered drains and street lights, and is designed to last for at least 25 years,” he said.

He said that provision was also made for pedestrian safety with the integration of a two-metre wide walkway and drainage on one side of the lay-by access inwards Alapere-Ketu, to ensure that vehicular movement is not impeded by pedestrians.

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (middle), cutting the tape to commission the Lay-by at Alapere on Saturday 17 September, 2016
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (middle), cutting the tape to commission the Lay-by at Alapere on Saturday 17 September, 2016

Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi had said the project is one of the major interventions along Ketu-Alapere axis.

He said: “Over the last six months, this administration has dedicated considerable resources to the fulfillment of its initiatives of providing basic elements of roads and transport infrastructure. This is because we appreciate the importance of transportation to our national economy.

“This facility has been created to respond to the traffic congestion and gridlock usually occasioned along the axis. There is the multiple layby at Oworosoki, the car wash layby, the slip road at Olopomeji Road, the clear-view fence, this slip road and the layby located here in Alapere bus stop.”

He stated further that gridlock challenges the Lagosians’ ability to build a virile economy. We must then provide both human and technological solution to mitigate it.

 

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