Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Ekundayo Mobereola has said that the objective of significantly reducing travel time along the stretch of 3rd Mainland Bridge, inward Alapere and Toll Gate had been substantially met.
The Commissioner, who led a visit by journalists to Iyana Oworonshoki multiple laybys, noted that despite the traffic in the last 3km of the 11km long bridge, it took just 19 minutes 13 seconds to travel at a speed of 60 km/h.
He said that this was far from the 60100 minutes it hitherto takesto travel from Adeniji Junction to Iyana Oworoshoki at peak period hours between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.
The Commissioner explained further that the State Governor hadadopted an “holistic corridor specific approach” to resolving the traffic challenges that beset the State.
“Traffic Junctions are the major challenge that confronts us as a State. We have thus adopted an holistic corridor specific approach to resolving them. Just as we have done here, we will replicate on the other side so as to ensure that we remove that traffic challenge of Lagosians going to the Island for their business in the morning”, he said.
While disclosing that the project has five components, of which the multiple laybys is one, Mobereola listed the others to include the parallel alternative road or slip road that takes traffic off the expressway at Olopomeji to Ifako; Iyana Oworonshoki (Berger layby), Lagbus layby, and Panel Mesh wall that blocks off pedestrian access at unauthorized bus stops along the route.
Describing facilities at the laybys to include provision for perimeter fence and light, Teflon Bus Shelter, Toilet and Klee klamps, the Commissioner also stated that the lay by is not a park but rather a “drop and pick” zone for buses, taxis, private vehicles and staff buses.
He also noted that with the significant reduction in travel time, commuters are given the benefit of improved productivity and enhanced quality of life especially as family life improved for many who travel to the Island for their daily activities.
While promising to ensure proper use of the facility, the commissioner said continuous sensitization and engagement with users will be undertaken just as signages will be provided to direct users appropriately. Also enforcement will be provided.
Speaking further, the Commissioner promised that the State Government would continue to act and pursue a programme of concerted solutions to identified choke points across the state.
The Commissioner was accompanied by the Special Adviser, Prince Olarenwaju Elegushi and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Sewedo Oluseyi Whenu.
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