Lagos Awards Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge to Julius Berger

After 20 years of it’s conception, the Lagos state government has awarded the construction of the Opebi-Ojota link bridge to construction giant, Messrs Julius Berger Nigeria PLC.

The State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who flagged off the project on Wednesday, said construction of Ojota-Opebi Link Bridge with the Approach Roads was long coming as the solution to the perennial traffic in the area.

The governor, while speaking at the flag-off ceremony at Opebi said the project was awarded to Messrs Julius Berger Nigeria Plc after carrying out studies and engineering investigations along the project alignment.

Sanwo-Olu said the project was another milestone in the implementation of the Traffic Management and Transportation Pillar of his administration’s THEMES Agenda and the State Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP), adding that the flag-off ceremony demonstrated the priority that his government accorded the welfare and well-being of the people and was also “a testament of our commitment Greater Lagos Vision.”

The governor, while noting the strategic importance of road infrastructure to sustainable development, which he said explained his “administration’s focus on the provision of road infrastructure to achieve some pre-conceived targets,” assured that the project when fully completed would reduce travel time, enhance interconnectivity; provide better riding surface; and eliminate traffic gridlocks, among others.

The Link Bridge has a total length of 3.89km, consisting of 2829m road length with 276m Deck-on-Pile Bridge and 474m Mechanically Stabilized Earth Wall approach sections.

The Link Bridge project would start from the Opebi U-Turn and span across the gorge to drop at the intersection of Odo Iyalaro Bridge and approach from Ojota New Garage near Mende along Ikorodu Road.

The Bridge and Approach Roads were also designed to convey traffic from Odo Iyalaro into Maryland as well as towards Ojota New Garage on Ikorodu Road through an Underpass.

The approach roads will greatly enhance vehicular movement towards Opebi/Allen/ Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way via Sheraton Link Bridge/Kudirat Abiola Way and its environs, just as it would reduce incessant traffic gridlocks being experienced over the years in the area.

The project was awarded to Messrs Julius Berger Nigeria Plc after thorough due process and carrying out studies and engineering investigations along the project alignment.

Sanwo-Olu said the project was another milestone in the implementation of the Traffic Management and Transportation Pillar of his administration’s THEMES Agenda and the State Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP), adding that the flag-off ceremony demonstrated the priority that his government accorded the welfare and well-being of the people and was also “a testament of our commitment Greater Lagos Vision.”

The governor, while noting the strategic importance of road infrastructure to sustainable development, which he said explained his “administration’s focus on the provision of road infrastructure to achieve some pre-conceived targets,” assured that the project when fully completed would reduce travel time, enhance interconnectivity; provide better riding surface; and eliminate traffic gridlocks, among others.

“We recognize the strategic importance of road infrastructure to sustainable development, which explains our administration’s focus on the provision of road infrastructure to achieve some pre-conceived targets like reduced travel time on our roads- (by saving important man-hours that would have been otherwise lost to traffic); enhanced interconnectivity; provision of better riding surface; and elimination of traffic gridlocks while generally making life more meaningful to commuters in Lagos State.

“In consideration of the exponential growth rate of commercial activities and services within this axis, and to address the challenge of the huge traffic burden occasioned by the growth, we decided to provide carefully designed innovative solutions to ease the daily gridlock experienced by commuters around Opebi / Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way/ Ojota/Mende corridor.

“As you are aware, there is presently no direct link between Opebi, Maryland and Ojota. The available road infrastructure that links the axis is also limited in its connectivity options, thus during peak periods, the high traffic volume within the axis usually congests the Ikeja Traffic Network.

“Consequently, we recognized the need to provide another Legacy Project by constructing the Ojota – Opebi Link Bridge and Approach Roads to connect Opebi Road from its tail end with Lagos- Ikorodu road by Odo Iya -Alaro.

“This will invariably reduce travel time for Lagos and Ikorodu bound traffic from Opebi. It will also ease the traffic situation at Opebi – Sheraton Link Road and Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way.

“This Legacy Project will provide a new link to commute around Ikeja and its environs. It will also act as a relief to the saturated and over-burdened routes within Ikeja. There will also be a cascading effect on passenger transfer time for public transport operators with a significant impact on vehicle operating costs.” he said.

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