AGAINST the backdrop of speculation in some quarters that the Lagos-Ibadan expressway would be closed for three months at Makun-Shagamu, following the installation of cross beams on the flyover being constructed at the spot, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr. Olukayode Popoola, yesterday, said there was no iota of truth in the rumour.
Debunking the speculation during inspection at the site of the flyover, which the Controller said has attained about 70 per cent completion, Popoola stated that there will be a diversion from the expressway 400 metres inward and outward Lagos, and not a closure, as being rumoured.
He said: “The purpose of this inspection is to check the extent of the flyover bridges being constructed on this Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“The contractor will launch this beam you are seeing on the ground here at Makun and that will take us about 72 hours to complete.
Any vehicle coming from Ibadan that is approaching Makun at kilometer 37 plus 100 will now have to shift to Lagos bound lane and then after this place, another 400 meters away, he will now come back to his lane originally.
“We are not closing the road. It is not partial closure and it is not total closure, motorists will still be allowed to move but there will be a diversion, 400 metres away and 400 meters after where we are working.”
The controller said adequate road diversion signs had been provided, promising that there would be a collaboration between traffic regulatory and law enforcement agencies to avert gridlock.
He appealed to motorists to be lane disciplined and obey all diversion signs and traffic laws and assured that there would be seamless movement on the highway.