Ibeju Lekki-Epe Highway to be Ready Q1 2022 - BUSINESS POST
BY Adedapo Adesanya
The Lagos State Government has disclosed that the 18.7 kilometres six-lane Ibeju Lekki-Epe highway project will be delivered by the first quarter of 2022.
The state Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaking earlier this week assured Lagosians that the contractor handling the project has increased its momentum in order to push the progress to an encouraging level before the end of the year.
With commendable progress made so far, Mr Sanwo-Olu said he was optimistic the project would be delivered in record time.
He said: “This exercise is an on-the-spot assessment to view the status of the 18.7 kilometres 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 a 1.5 kilometres 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 the end of this year or first quarter next year.”
The Governor flagged off the first phase of the expansion on the Lekki-Epe Expressway last November, kick-starting the rehabilitation of the 40-year-old infrastructure.
The second phase of the project, which will start later this year, stretches 26.7 kilometres from Eleko Junction to Abraham Adesanya Junction in the Eti-Osa axis.
At the time of the Governor’s inspection, the contractor had completed a stretch of 3 kilometres on the lane from Eleko Junction inward Epe, while the right-of-way for the entire project has been fully cleared.