The Benin-Ore-Sagamu Expressway and Kano-Shuari Highway have been earmarked as roads to be tolled by the Federal Government, a quarterly bulletin published by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission has shown.
The toll plaza is part of the minimum commitment required from the concessionaire under the Highway Development and Management Initiative.
The roads totalling 592km comprise 492km dual-lane connecting Benin to Ore town in Ondo State and Sagamu in Ogun State, and 100km dual lane connecting Kano State to Maiduguri.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had said the Federal Government was reintroducing toll gates to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway upon completion of the rehabilitation of the highway.
He said this was to ensure proper maintenance of the roads and fast – track economic activities connecting state capitals.
The bulletin further revealed that resting areas, advertisement assets and telecommunications facilities among other facilities would be constructed along the corridor for easy access.
The report added, “A peep into some of the corridors reveal that in the Benin-Shagamu road, the minimum commitment from the concession aire includes construction/rehabilitation of the road pavement, streetlights, and open spaces, which includes design and construction of truck parks and resting areas, directional signage and advertisement assets; telecommunications facilities; toll plaza; continued upgrading of the highway to deal with increasing capacity and directing growth and traffic, among others.”
It added that for the Kano-Shari route, which has a concession period of 27 years, the concessionaire is expected to construct/rehabilitate the road pavement, streetlights, and open spaces which include design and construction of truck parks and resting areas, directional signage and advertisement assets; telecommunications facilities; toll plaza, among others.”
The concession agency revealed that 75 responses were received from potential investors and were evaluated, out of which 18 firms were prequalified to proceed to the second stage. At the expiry date for the submission of Technical and Financial proposals, it said six consortia responded by making nine applications.