“FRSC says multiple breakdowns caused gridlock”
It has been a harrowing experience for both commuters and drivers plying the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as the nation’s busiest route is on complete lockdown.
As early as 4am on Wednesday, social media has been awash with people caught up in the gridlock posting their experiences.
From reports, both inwards and outwards Lagos are affected by the terrible traffic with many commuters taking to their feet in order to get to their various destinations.
Pictures also show a lot of people at bus stops waiting for buses.
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun State Command has attributable the traffic gridlock to multiple breakdowns by trucks at different locations along the route.
In a statement released Wednesday morning and signed by Superintendent Route Commander Florence Okpe FRSC Public Education Officer,Ogun State, the FRSC said: “The most pronounced of the breakdowns occured with an overloaded truck travelling on speed out of Lagos conveying a container but loss control around the Kara Bridge and crossed the road divider blocking traffic on both sections of the expressway, impairing traffic into and out of Lagos around the Kara Bridge
“The situation has affected traffic and the gridlock has snarled from the Kara Bridge towards Ibafo near Mowe and same situation also affecting traffic outward Lagos.
“Two other obstruction cases occured earlier this morning and were cleared but the effect still impairing traffic around the Ibafo and Magboro axis up to the Kara construction areas of the corridor.
“Even though the FRSC assisted by sister traffic, security and emergency agencies,are on ground with recovery vehicles, but considering the period it could take to restore normalcy, motorists that as at 0730hrs this morning are yet to depart Abeokuta or Ibadan for Lagos may use alternative corridors from Ogere to Sagamu interchange through Abeokuta to Ifo, Ota and Iyana Ipaja to connect into Lagos.
“The FRSC Sector Commander, Ogun State Command, Clement Oladele has assured the motoring public that the rescue team would remained on scene to restore normalcy and advised motorists already in the traffic to remained calm and resist driving against traffic, till normalcy is restored.”
Ministry of Works officials have stressed that work on the Kara to Berger (outwards Lagos) stretch will be completed by the end of February; while the whole length is expected to be completed next year.
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