Nigeria: Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Users Demand Pedestrian Bridges

Users of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Monday called for the construction of pedestrian bridges at strategic places on the road. Some motorists, commuters and pedestrians, said unruly drivers drive against the traffic whenever there is congestion due to rehabilitation and expansion of the dual-carriage road.

This, they explained, had further endangered the lives of road users.

Their suggestions on the possible locations of the bridges include; Mountain of Fire and Miracles Camp in Magboro, Asese, Mowe, and the Redemption Camp sections of the expressway.

Report says Bi-Courtney Highway Services has been engaged in the repair of bad portions of the highway between Mowe and Ibafo.

Mr. Gbolahan Ayeke, a resident of Ibafo, a busy town on the road, expressed worry that pedestrians could be hit by vehicles driving against traffic.

He appealed to the Federal Road Safety Commission and the police to compel drivers to comply with traffic rules at all times, especially during the reconstruction work.

He also urged the contractor to carry out much of the rehabilitation at night to reduce traffic congestion.

Mr. Jide Ajayi, a commercial bus driver, also said the construction of pedestrian bridges on the busy highway was overdue. He added that the traffic congestion resulting from the road rehabilitation had become a source of worry to users of the road.

“Apart from the time wasted, it brings serious wear and tear to our vehicles and affects the health of drivers,” he said.

Another driver, Mr. Chijoke Ndubuisi, also said pedestrian bridges would reduce the rate of accidents on the expressway.

“What we face here because of this road rehabilitation is a headache and nightmare to drivers and passengers.

“You can see that a two-lane road has turned into a six-lane road because everybody wants to pass through it at the same time.

“We have created more troubles for ourselves,” he said.

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