The Director, Federal Highways, South West, Mr. Funsho Adebiyi, on Thursday appealed for patience and understanding of road users and residents along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as massive repair work continues on the highway.
Adebiyi, during an inspection of the highway, said that there was the need to sensitise motorists on upcoming major diversions on sections between Berger and Kara Bridge, where reconstruction will begin on Monday.
The director, who led a delegation of Federal Ministry of Works and Housing officials as well as traffic regulatory agencies, appealed to road users to comply with diversion and traffic rules.
He said that major lanes had been rehabilitated to curb gridlock, and construction on the section would begin on Sept. 2.
According to him, major construction works on the highway will be completed latest by Dec. 15.
He appealed to motorists to observe speed limits around the construction zones, obey diversion signs and bear the temporary inconvenience that comes with the construction.
“We have instructed our contractors to make adequate signage available, as well as lightening systems, reflective materials and other diversion signs to cope with night trips.
“I want to beg that all road users should please comply with these simple rules, drive safely, drive slowly especially around diversions.
“To people who live around here, we want to appeal to them, definitely traffic will be increasing, please tolerate us, accept us for this moment. It is difficult to construct a road of this nature without any discomfort,’’ he said.
Adebiyi explained that work was ongoing simultaneously on various sections of the highway beyond Lagos to fast track construction on the important highway.
He said that arrangements had been made for adequate towing vehicles with all relevant traffic agencies for speedy clearance of breakdowns, to avert gridlock on the highway.