Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the construction of a bridge at the Fagba intersection in Ifako-Ijaye Local Government Area to ease the perennial gridlock and reduce travel time within the axis.
Ambode gave the approval after inspecting the ongoing construction of the Pen Cinema Bridge, where he observed the need to holistically address the gridlock around Agege-Iju axis.
According to him, the development is in response to the various yearnings of the community in Fagba and several road users plying the Iju-Fagba axis.
He said it was also in furtherance of his administration’s commitment in ensuring free-flow of traffic and reducing man-hour loss across the state.
“Iju Road, one of the major roads in Lagos State, has over the years, served as a strategic growth pole in the socio-economic landscape of the state.
“It has overgrown its present traffic carrying capacity, resulting in the traffic challenges being experienced presently.
“The proposed bridge at Fagba will be constructed concurrently with the ongoing Pen Cinema flyover, and accelerated to minimise the inconvenience of the motoring and commuting public during the period of construction.
“The bridge will have a dual carriageway separated by concrete median barrier.
“It will allow seamless flow of traffic into Jonathan Coker for vehicular movement from College Road/Pen Cinema and vice-versa for traffic from Jonathan Coker Road, that is Iju or College Road bound,’’ the governor said.
Ambode said the Fagba Bridge on completion, would go a long way to improve socio-economic activities, enhance development and safety of road users in the axis with consequent improved standard of living.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government recently completed several road projects totaling 130 kilometers and the network of 21 boundary roads in Alimosho Local Government.
It also has other major road projects cumulating in 120 kilometers that are currently ongoing across the state.