The Lagos State Government, south west Nigeria, will be constructing an additional footbridge at Ojota bus-stop on Ikorodu Road. The foot bridge will complement the existing one which has now being overstretched by human traffic.
The state’s commissioner for Information, Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to build the bridge is to ease of the stress of pedestrians who are queuing to use the current bridge.
No amount has been announced as the cost of the project. However, the state’s parliament had in 2014 approved about NGN 2 billion for the construction of foot bridges in Lekki, a major highbrow location in the state. The cost of the project might not be far from this amount when inflation is factored into the estimate.
The state announced last week that it will no longer allow pedestrians to cross the Ikorodu Road, a major road connecting to major parts of the Mainland and Lagos Island. The government had installed New Jersey fence on the road to prevent people from crossing the road that leads to heavy traffic jam.
He said the construction of the additional bridge had become necessary after the newly erected New Jersey Wall on the median of the expressway.
Ayorinde said that this had effectively curtailed indiscriminate dropping and picking of passengers along the highway as well as dangerous crossing of the road by commuters.
He reiterated that the need for the construction of the wall, which was similar to the measure taken between Ketu and Mile 12 axis of the road, was meant to reduce fatalities on the part of commuters crossing the highway.