The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, inaugurated the 1.4km Dual Carriageway Flyover Bridge in Pen Cinema Junction, Agege on Friday.
Talking at the inauguration, Sanwo-Olu declared that the flyover would lessen travel time and save man-hour that would have been usually lost to traffic on the road.
He stated that it would offer better riding surface, leading to lesser maintenance cost; enhance interconnectivity and in general make life more significant to commuters in the state.
In accordance with him, the government will give priority to the continuation of planned, ongoing roads and link bridges, also development of new roads.
Sanwo-Olu said, “One of the most critical challenges being experienced on a daily basis by residents/road users along the Agege Pen Cinema area over the years is the heavy traffic volume occasioned by the geometric increase in traffic.
“Residents and road users along this area have clamoured for a solution to the suffocating nature of the perennial traffic gridlock occasioned by the huge human and vehicular traffic, flowing through this intersection.
“To address the challenge of this huge traffic burden, our administration decided to continue with the construction of a Precast and Pre-stressed Reinforced Concrete Dual-carriage Flyover and Ramp, with road works, across the Agege Pen Cinema Intersection which was then at about 20 per cent completion.
“This is in line with the first pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda which targets the provision of roads as a critical infrastructure that will support economic activities.
“It will also enable commercial interactions and ensure ease of commuting from one part of the state to another through elimination of traffic gridlocks.”
The Governor of Lagos State said the bridge alignment was along Agunbiade Street (along Oke-Koto intersection) and extends across the junctions of Old Abeokuta Road, Railway Corridor and Iju-Ishaga Road and ended near the entrance gate of Ijaiye Low Cost Housing Estate along Oba-Ogunji Road.
Sanwo-Olu stated that the bridge was additionally designed to transmit traffic from Oba-Ogunji Road into Old Abeokuta toward Abule Egba via slope through the Railway Corridor.
As indicated by him, this slope will significantly improve vehicular movement toward Abule Egba, Fagba and its environs, similarly as it will decrease continuous traffic congestions being experienced for many years in the area.
He said, “It also shows a component of continuity in governance.”
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