Govt removes four roundabouts for road expansion

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 Halimah Balogun

 

LAGOS State Government has started removing four roundabouts at Ikotun, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Allen Avenue and Maryland to pave the way for road expansion and free flow of traffic.

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

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

“We have contacted the physical planning office, who has 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 will soon complete it. I’m confident that the roads will be inaugurated 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 the gridlock,” he said.

The commissioner said that owners of the affected buildings would be compensated by the 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 has been contacted and everybody is happy with the level of work going on and the compensation that has been promised,” he added.

Oladeinde said no structure was affected at 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.