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Rainy season won’t stop road projects – Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said on Sunday that the rainy season would not stop or slow down work on the various critical road projects going on in the state.

He said many of the roads were near completion and would greatly ease traffic gridlock in the city on completion.

Sanwo-Olu, in a post on X.com on Sunday, said state officials embarked on an inspection tour of the various road projects.

The governor said among others, the officials went on a tour “to inspect the progress of work on the Opebi-Mende-Ojota Link Bridge and other arterial roads connecting it.”

According to him, the bridge was designed to address major traffic issues and provide alternative routes for motorists traveling from Toyin, Allen, Opebi to Ojota.

“Once finished, it will benefit those commuting from Maryland to Ikeja and surrounding areas,” the governor wrote.

“The team also visited other strategic ongoing projects such as the construction of Abiola-Onijemo Link Road with bridge, Ikeja Urban Regeneration Project, Arowojobe Link Bridge and Approach Road at Maryland, and Agidi Demurin and Church Street Network in the Kosofe Local Government Area.

“Despite the weather challenges, contractors are working diligently to meet project deadlines. The completion percentages of some projects are as follows: Arowojobe Link Bridge and Road at 70%, St Finbarrs Road at 70%, Abiola-Onijemo Link Road with Bridge at 80%, Ikeja GRA regeneration project at 89%, and Opebi-Mende Link Bridge and roads at 85%.

“These projects reflect our commitment to delivering top-notch infrastructure and driving economic growth for the benefit of all residents,” Sanwo-Olu said.

A study conducted by the Danne Institute for Research disclosed in 2023 that Lagos, the commercial hub of Nigeria, was losing a staggering N4tn annually, attributed to profound traffic congestion.

The study, titled ‘Behavioural Causes of Traffic Congestion in Lagos,’ funded by the Bank of Industry and Africa Finance Corporation, underscored the need for immediate action to alleviate the economic and social toll.

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