The Federal Government has said all diversions around construction zones on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will be opened to motorists from December 15.
The Director of the Federal Highways, South-West, Mr Funso Adebiyi, made this known on Monday during his interaction with truck drivers in Ogere, Ogun State.
He said the decision was to ensure free flow of traffic during the Christmas period, adding that work would resume after the season.
“We are going to open the entire road by the time Christmas approaches to enhance traffic flow,” he said.
Adebiyi said about 65 kilometres of the road had been completed; 20 kilometres on Section 1 from the Old Toll Gate to Sagamu interchange being handled by Julius Berger and 45 kilometres on Section 2, from the interchange to Ibadan being handled by the RCC.
The director also ordered truck drivers to either relocate or move backwards by at least 50 metres from the construction zone.
According to him, the activities of the truck drivers have made the reconstruction of some sections of the road almost impossible.
Addressing stakeholders including truck owners/drivers’ associations, law enforcement agencies and traditional rulers, Adebiyi said the appeal to the truck drivers became necessary as the Federal Government believed that it would be more effective than applying force.
“Government can use force but when we relate as brothers, it is better for us,” he said.
He stated that the RCC had suspended work around Ogere due to the presence of articulated vehicles parked illegally on the highway.
Source: Punch News