Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Reconstruction Suspended Temporarily for Eid-el-Kabir Celebration, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Announces

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The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has made a crucial decision to halt further construction work on the ongoing reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The suspension aims to prevent potential traffic congestion during the upcoming Eid-el-Kabir, Sallah celebration.

The announcement was made by Engr. (Mrs) Olukorede Kesha, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, through a statement released on Monday. The decision was prompted by several factors, including the recent heavy traffic congestion along the Lagos Shagamu route, unfavorable weather conditions, and the recommendations of the traffic management team responsible for overseeing traffic-related issues on the project.

The statement reads: “Due to the recent heavy traffic flow being experienced on the Lagos Shagamu route in the last couple of days, the inclement weather conditions, the forthcoming Eid Kabir and the advice of the traffic management team deployed to manage traffic related issues on the project.

“Construction activities on this ever busy and very important highway will be suspended from Tuesday, 27 of June to Sunday, 2 of July, 2023.

“This is to allow travellers easy passage during the Eid holiday and minimise the discomfort of traffic gridlock during this very important period.

“Travelers are advised to cooperate with Traffic Management Team deployed on the highway to manage traffic.”

The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway reconstruction project holds great importance due to its strategic location and the volume of traffic it accommodates. The decision to temporarily halt construction during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration demonstrates the government’s commitment to prioritizing the welfare and convenience of the public during festive periods.

The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing emphasizes the need for travelers to exercise caution, patience, and adherence to traffic regulations throughout their journeys. The ministry assures the public that the construction activities will resume promptly after the temporary suspension, as the government remains dedicated to completing the project and enhancing transportation infrastructure in the region.

As the Eid-el-Kabir celebration approaches, the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing encourages all road users to plan their journeys accordingly, allowing for potential delays and increased traffic. By working together with the Traffic Management Team, commuters can contribute to a smoother and safer travel experience during this festive season.

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