The construction of an 18.7-kilometer six-lane rigid pavement road from Eleko Junction in Ibeju Lekki to Epe T-Junction in Lagos State will be finished and commissioned. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave this guarantee on Monday when he and members of the State Executive Council went on a site visit to examine the project.
Sanwo-Olu was impressed by the pace of work on the road, persuading the contractor handling the project to increase its momentum in order to push the progress to an encouraging level before the end of the year.
Last November, the Governor officially opened the first phase of the expansion of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, kicking off the renovation of the 40-year-old infrastructure. The project’s second phase, which will begin later this year, would span 26.7 kilometers from Eleko Junction to Abraham Adesanya Junction in the Eti-Osa axis.
The contractor had completed a 3km length of the roadway from Eleko Junction to Epe at the time of the Governor’s inspection, and the right-of-way for the entire project had been cleared.
After communicating the work progress to the Governor, representatives of the contractor led Sanwo-Olu and cabinet members on legwork for assessment of features on the completed stretch, including drainage channels, kerb and segregated lane for heavy-duty vehicles.
The Governor was optimistic the project would be delivered on record time, charging the contractor to scale up the pace of work.
He said: “This exercise is an on-the-spot assessment to view the status of the 18.7Km six-lane rigid pavement road construction we are doing from Eleko Junction to Epe. The contractor has been active on site in the last six months, and they have touched every part of the entire stretch. We are currently assessing the project from the 3km lane already completed. On either side are three lanes. Two lanes are for cars, while the last lane is for heavy-duty vehicles. There will be 1.5km pedestrian walkway on both sides.
“We are happy with the progress of the project, because the contractor works day and night. I believe the work is on track. Residents on this corridor are also happy with the level of work done. They are waiting on us to hand over this important infrastructure to them in earnest.
“The beauty of the work is that it has reduced the journey time, even as the road is still being constructed. There is no hindrance on the road; motorists have the right-of-way for free movement. Not until when we finish the entire construction, we would have the full benefit of this investment. We are happy with what we have seen and we believe that the contractor should be rounding off the work by end this year or first quarter next year.”