… Commissions layby, slip road at Ketu-Alapere
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday tasked commercial bus drivers and other transport operators in the state on observation of the state traffic rules and etiquettes, even as he commissioned layby and slip road at Ketu-Alapere to stop traffic congestion in the axis.
Ambode who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Idiat Adebule at the commissioning of the 700 metre concretised slip road on Saturday said it was another mission statement of his administration’s commitment to making life better for residents and investors in the state.
According to the governor, the new look Alapere-Ketu Layby, was characterised by the construction of a two-lane access road from Iyana Oworo inward Alapere- Ketu that would relieve traffic flow towards Lagos – Ibadan Expressway and Ojodu-Berger axis.
He said that provision was also made for pedestrian safety with the integration of a twometre wide walkway and drainage on one side of the lay-by access inward Alapere-Ketu, to ensure that vehicular movement is not impeded by pedestrians.
Governor Ambode urged transport unions to educate their members on observation of State Traffic Laws and road etiquette for the safety of all, saying that the provision of the layby will considerably reduce travel time for all motorists therefore, commercial vehicles have no cause to create gridlocks in order to get to their destinations.
Apart from being concretised, the Slip Road also comes with horticulture, artworks, walkways, covered drains and street lights, and is designed to last for at least 25 years.
Earlier in his welcome address, Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation; Prince Anofiu Elegushi had said the project is one of the major interventions along Ketu-Alapere axis.
He said; “over the last six months, this administration has dedicated considerable resources to the fulfilment of its initiatives of providing basic elements of roads and transport infrastructure. This is because we appreciate the importance of transportation to our national economy.
“This facility hasbeen created to respond to the traffic congestion and gridlock usually occasioned along the axis. There is the multiple layby at Oworosoki, the car wash layby, the slip road at Olopomeji Road, the clear-view fence, this slip road and the layby located here in Alapere bus stop.”
He stated further that gridlock challenges the Lagosians’ ability to build a virile economy. We must then provide both human and technological solution to mitigate it.