Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has flagged off the construction of the Lekki regional road, the long-awaited road, which is expected to decongest the constant traffic jam along the main Lekki-Epe Expressway, by linking the Lekki-Epe Expressway at Victoria Garden City (VGC) Junction to the Freedom Way in Eti Osa.
“When we give a commitment, we stand by it. Our word is our bond. We know what people go through on the Lekki-Epe way as a result of traffic. We are moved to hasten the process of putting the Regional Road in place to bring relief to our citizens working and living in this axis” Sanwo-Olu said at the ground breaking ceremony on Saturday.
Today, I flagged off the construction of the much-awaited Regional Road at Eti-Osa. The road will link VGC to Lekki and also decongest the main Lekki-Epe Expressway. With the flag off of this critical road infrastructure, we are keeping the promise we made to Lagosians. pic.twitter.com/j9LM8CH4y8
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) May 30, 2020
The governor added that the project is expected to run for the next two years and should be ready for commissioning in 2022, when his administration celebrates its third anniversary in office.
In addition to providing an alternate route for reisdents, the road is expected to improve socio-economic activities on the Lekki-Epe axis.
The 8.75 kilometre-long road is being undertaken by Messrs Hi-Tech Construction Company Limited, and is expected to usher in the construction of the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge which is also expected to start from the Lekki-Epe axis.
“Within the first quarter of next year, we would have identified the best bidder for the construction of Fourth Mainland Bridge, which will extend from Eti Osa to Ikorodu and burst out of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. This project will have great impact on our traffic management and transportation blueprint,” he said.
Both infrastructures are considered pivotal to the government’s traffic management strategy, and the efforts to reduce commute time for Lagosians.
“We know what people go through on the Lekki-Epe Expressway as a result of traffic. We are moved by the pains to hasten the process of putting the Regional Road in place to bring the long sought relief to our citizens working and living on this axis. Today, we are here for the ground-breaking ceremony to start work on this critical infrastructure,” he added.
The governor also assured that the contractor, Hi-Tech will be held to its promise to deliver in 24 months’ time, as plans have been put in place for exigencies that may arise in the course of the construction work.
No encroachments will be tolerated
The governor also warned that stiff penalties await individuals and property developers who encroached the alignments of the road, as the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has been directed to sanction anyone found culpable of compromising the planning approval and right-of-way of the road.
“The Regional Road alignment has been gazetted long time ago, but we realise people deliberately flouted our approved plan for the road. I have instructed the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development to discipline and sanction officials that have been found culpable to compromise any form of approval for the right-of-way. They will be punished with people who raise properties on the approved alignment” Sanwo-Olu warned.
He appealed with residents to tolerate the temporary hardship that the project could cause, and cooperate with the government and the contractor to make the project a reality.