Lagos removes four roundabouts for road expansion

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Halimah Balogun

The Lagos State government has started removing four roundabouts in Ikotun, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Allen Avenue and Maryland to pave way for road expansion and free flow of traffic.

Commissioner for Transportation Dr. Frederick Oladeinde said projects will be completed between March and April.

This, he said, would ease traffic on the routes.

“We have contacted physical planning who have marked some buildings; everything that needs to be done in terms of planning has been done, what we are waiting for is execution.

“The planning is what takes time but the execution is very fast so once we work 24 hours, we would soon complete it. I’m confident that the roads will be opened in April,” he said.
Oladeinde said that the essence of removing the roundabouts was to increase the capacity of the junctions.

“The junctions have outlasted their usefulness because they can’t cope with the demand that we experience everyday. So by taking out the roundabouts, we increase the capacity and we can have more cars come through the junctions. The removal of the roundabout will increase the capacity of the junctions and accommodate more vehicles on those routes.

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“We are not just removing the roundabouts, we are expanding the roads so that we can have more lanes to reduce traffic gridlock,” he said.

According to him, owners of the affected buildings by the construction would be properly compensated by the state government.

“We have a process in Lagos state where everybody is consulted and we have a stakeholders’ meeting. We allot the people who will be affected and then we send them a letter after which the compensation follows. I don’t know how many buildings will be affected; they are not many but everybody had been contacted and everybody is happy with the level of work going on and the compensation that has been promised, he added”.

The commissioner said no structure was affected in Maryland except the statue that was removed.

“Part of what we are doing here (Maryland) is to remove the statue and we are increasing the lanes to have more cars,” he said.