Gov. Akinwinmi Ambode of Lagos State has ordered the contractor handling the Berger area expansion project to deliver the project by December, 2016 or face sanction.
Ambode, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, gave the ultimatum while on inspection visit to some ongoing projects in the state on Sunday.
According to the statement, the governor ordered the contractors to work day and night, saying that the directive became imperative in view of the strategic importance of the axis as major gateway to the state.
It said that Ambode ordered the construction of iron barricades under the newly-completed pedestrian bridge to compel usage, to save lives and facilitate free flow of traffic.
The statement also said that Ambode inspected the newly-completed lay-by at Car Wash Bus Stop in Oworonsoki and 1.65 kilometre road from Olopomeji in Oworonsoki to Ifako.
It added that Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ganiyu Johnson, said the projects, upon completion, would not only give Berger area a befitting look, but would permanently remove gridlock associated with the area.
The statement quotes Johnson as saying, “the idea is that we should have a reservation area for our commercial buses and also a reservation area on top.
“In the phase one of it, we have on both sides about 200 metres of reservation area.
“For instance, vehicles coming from upland and wanting to discharge passengers have been accommodated as we have cleared the road further down and we have about three to four bases under the bridge.
“We have also improved Wakati Adura, Ijaye Road and Isheri Road in such a way that there will not be any gridlock by the time we complete this project.
“There will be a free flow of traffic around the whole place. We are also moving the roundabout at PWC forward a little to Wakati Adura area and channelise the place just to improve traffic flow.’’
The expansion projects at Berger include the construction of about 700 metres slip-road through which traffic outward Lagos-Ibadan Expressway can connect Omole Phase Two, Magodo Phase One and Olowoora.
The road, which is designed with drainage channels, sidewalks and street lights, is about six metres wide and can conveniently accommodate two vehicles at a time.