Oworonshoki demolition in order —Govt •As bulldozers move to Ifako

LAGOS State government, on Monday, said it demolished buildings and structures along Iyana-Oworonshoki area of the state in order to address the perennial gridlock making the road a nightmare for motorists and commuters plying it.

This was as the state government disclosed that a total of five buildings, walls and shops numbering 11 and 16 respectively would be demolished in the ongoing construction from Olopomeji to Ifako Bus Stop, due to encumbrances they constituted on the road project.

The state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Dayo Mobereola, who was represented by the Special Adviser to  Governor on Transportation, Anofiu Elegushi, said this at a press conference on Monday, stating that it was part of government’s efforts to resolve Iyana Oworonshoki gridlock.

Mobereola said the engineering solution was a composite one consisting of the construction of a multiple layby at Iyana Oworoshonki and construction of the alternative slip road from Olopomeji to Ifako Bus stop.

According to him, there will be a redevelopment of LAGBUS and Berger Bus Stop and provision of clear view fence, adding that some of the projects, especially the multiple laybys, had been completed.

“You will recall that in the not too distant past, we have visited the Oworonshoki multiple laybys created to remove traffic from the expressway. This, we agreed, had impacted traffic at peak period from Lagos towards Ikeja and Alapere. The travel time had significantly reduced to between 15 and 20 minutes.

“As part of efforts aimed at totally ensuring the removal of traffic, we will be constructing a slip road (an alternative parallel road) at Oduduwa Road. This road will run parallel to the Third Mainland Bridge highway. The road will carry traffic to Iyana Oworonshoki community and at the same time remove traffic caused by commercial yellow buses that pick passengers on the highway,” he said.