Lagos Govt To Shut Independence Tunnel From May 3

Lagos State Government says there will be a diversion of traffic from the Main Carriageway inbound Anthony from Monday, 3rd of May 2021 for a period of four weeks.

The State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde in a release, said this was part of the ongoing reconstruction on Ikorodu Road.

Oladeinde added that the diversion was necessary in view of the need to address the worsening state of the access road at the Independence Tunnel, Maryland.

The Commissioner who explained that the repairs will minimise the congestion frequently experienced by motorists along the corridor, added that the road needs to be fixed urgently to prevent further deterioration of the section, especially with the expected rainfall in the coming season.

He advised motorists coming from Ibadan-Lagos Expressway to go through Oworonshoki to connect Gbagada and descend the ramp at Anthony to access Ikorodu Road during the repair works.

Oladeinde made it known that the recently improved Maryland Junction will also be opened temporarily during the construction period to accommodate traffic coming from the Ojota axis and Ikorodu.

According to him, a temporary traffic light will be installed to manage the influx of vehicles that will ply the flyover.

He said, “Alternatively, motorists will be diverted to a counterflow on the Ojota bound lane during peak hours to minimise the inconveniences during the course of the repairs.

“Road users coming from Ikeja and inbound Surulere are advised to use Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way to link Maryland and access Ikorodu road inbound Surulere.”

Oladeinde maintained that the officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) would be in the axis to direct traffic, adding that traffic signs and signals will be also be strategically placed in the area to guide vehicular movement during the stipulated period.

The Commissioner, however, revealed that a trial run of the traffic management system would commence on Tuesday, 27th April, 2021, to test the aforementioned traffic diversion plans ahead of the set date and make necessary adjustments where necessary.

He therefore urged motorists plying the corridor to endure the likely inconvenience that may arise during the period, noting that the project is aimed at finding a lasting solution to traffic congestion in the axis in line with the efficient traffic management and transportation policy of the State Government.

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