Traffic on the National Theatre and Marina axis of Lagos will be diverted for a period of 221 days, with effect from Monday, August 9, 2021.
The diversion is to allow for the continuation of construction works on the Blue Line rail project which is part of the current administration’s mandate to ensure the safety of motorists and construction personnel during the course of the construction of the project.
Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said the road diversion is for 7 months duration. Traffic Management Plan (T.M.P) would address the impact of the construction work on traffic and subsequently eliminate traffic-related issues.
“Motorists would be diverted to the descending ramp of Ebute-Ero to link Marina ring road through a diversion point. Alternately, traffic will also be diverted to Chapel Street along Apongbon to access Broad Street.
“Traffic signs and temporary barriers will be mounted along the affected axis to guide motorists on movement during the course of the construction. The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be on ground to ensure the safety of motorists and efficient access to their destinations.’’
Construction is expected to commence on the right-hand side of the road for a duration of 116 days while the left-hand side takes 182 days.
Oladeinde stated that some of the works would be done simultaneously as some aspects of the construction would require such attention.
Meanwhile, the state government has commended Lagosians for their endurance and cooperation during the execution of these numerous projects stating that the end result of this sacrifice would be a conducive Lagos, seamless for commercial activities, and having relevant transport infrastructure to meet the needs of the teeming population.
Lagos Blue Line rail project which costs about $1.2 billion is part of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit, an urban rail system being developed in Lagos and managed by LAMATA.
The project which is entirely funded by Lagos State Government will be 27 kilometers long, connecting Okokomaiko to Marina, while the other line, the Red Line, will be 30 kilometers long and will run between Marina and Agbado.