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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project to attract toll gates

Engr. Adedamola Kuti said that section I of the newly reviewed N134.8b Lagos-Ibadan expressway will include construction of two toll gates, underpasses, and flyovers. He disclosed this at the project site during an inspection by the Minister of State for Power Works and Housing II, Surv Hassan Zarma, in Lagos. Kuti listed the reviewed infrastructures to include four underpasses, two flyovers, interchange to the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and the toll gate plazas. He explained that the original contract will be completed this year. The project commenced in 2013 with an extended completion date set to July 2018.

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According to him, the FEC recently approved the augmentation of the contract to N134.8b from N70.7b. “The augmentation came up as a result of additional works included to the project. When the original contract was conceived, so many other considerations were not included in the project. “So, with the augmentation government also extended the completion date to 48 months,” he said. The project which commenced in Lagos through Shagamu interchange has been significantly completed. “11.6km on both bound has been substantially completed. We have also completed another six kilometres on both lanes aside from a four kilometres bridge. “People used to sleep on this road in recent years but it’s no longer the case now. The contractor has just moved to the site,” he added.

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In his remarks, the Minister assured the project completion stressing that the N105 billion Sukuk bond has guaranteed its attainment. He expressed excitement over the project saying it ought to be completed by December but for the additional infrastructure. “The road project has so far reduced travel time, save automobile lifespan and reduces road carnage.” Julius Berger, Division Manager, Lagos- Ibadan Expressway project, Wolfgang Loesser said Section 1 of the ongoing project has attained 56 percent completion and to be delivered in 48 months.

Source: The Nation

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