It’s safe to say that people in Lagos state have a harrowing experience when commuting through the city. to work or home. This is certainly one of the prices he pays for building infrastructure, especially roads. Roads are not only essential to daily life, they are mostly in a dilapidated state. Roadworks are taking place in most parts of Lagos State, but it is on the main roads and bridges that is of major concern and causing the greatest disruption to people. Lagos, the country’s commercial center and aspiring metropolis, has seen both federal and state governments urge action on construction, as well as urgent action to alleviate the enormous number of commuters. It deserves special attention to provide measures.
In particular, ongoing repair work on the heavily trafficked Eco Bridge has exacerbated the inherent traffic situation between mainland Lagos and the island. Most of the traders in Idomota and other parts of Lagos are now trekking long distances. Some are far from stadiums, Araka and Kostin, where traffic jams are frequent on busy weekdays. Work on this important bridge should be done quickly to reduce people’s stress and suffering. Some repairs must be done overnight.
On March 23rd of this year, repair work began on Aponbon Bridge, part of which was destroyed by fire, and part of Eko Ohashi Bridge was closed. A journey that goes nowhere. The situation worsened over the past few weeks after the federal government closed additional sections of the Eco Bridge in response to another fire incident at the bridge. Motorists struggled to get to the island, sometimes confused, trapped and unsure of when and how to get there. Traffic had stopped. The third mainland bridge, which could have provided an alternative route to the island, was similarly congested.
The ramifications of both sections of the eco-bridge closure have been severely felt on adjacent roads leading to Kostine, Oyimbo, Yaba, Surulere, Ijora, etc., and commuters on all these routes were under great stress throughout the day. rice field.
Reports say the Eko Bridge was completely closed from the National Stadium. Also, the Carter Bridge is impassable because traders, area boys, and minibuses, commonly known as “Danfos,” have jammed the Izumo side of the bridge. As a result, accessing Oyingbo and heading to the Third Mainland Bridge was very difficult. With the Eco and Marine bridges closed for repairs and the Apapa Road leading to Costain closed for rail work, drivers en route to the islands and mainland are helpless. This is a problem caused because people are doing business under the bridge and sometimes setting fire through their activities.
The attitude of both the Lagos government and the federal government in carrying out the incident under the Lagos bridge has been marked by a very slow and indecisive response and the subsequent lack of emergency measures to remedy the heavy build-up of traffic. This has recently been exacerbated under the Ijora Bridge, the Aponbon Bridge and more recently the Eco Bridge as a result of unrestrained marketing activities under these bridges. Fortunately, the 3rd Mainland Bridge was spared, probably because it crosses a lagoon. But Nigerians can do anything and the government cannot let its guard down. Sadly, the federal and Lagos state governments are secretly on the sidelines of the bridge’s traffic chaos. Simply close the bridge after a fire.
Often the three mainland-to-island bridges (Keta Bridge, Eco Bridge, and 3rd Mainland Bridge) serve large tankers waiting to access Apapa and Tin Can Island ports for loading and unloading cargo. Hijacked by a trailer. This problem is increasing year by year and needs to be fully addressed. Even three bridges, when operated without obstruction, are barely enough to ensure a free flow of traffic, especially during peak hours. Diverting traffic from the 3rd Mainland Bridge to the so-called alternate route is wreaking havoc due to the lack of alternate routes. Lagos has yet to develop a mass transit system for its rapidly growing population while water transportation is still in its infancy.
When the Aponbon Bridge burned down, the federal government closed the Eco Bridge in what it called an “emergency repair.” After a three-week round trip, Build Well was drafted to begin repair work on his December 2022 completion date. The repair is not yet complete as the deadline is only a few weeks away.
While the need to maintain bridges cannot be overstated, there are standard procedures for maintaining such important linkways in cities with large populations and heavy traffic. Governments should know how to get things done without causing undue suffering to the people. For example, road repairs can be staggered with bridge repairs. State governments undertaking road repairs while the federal government is working on bridges shows a lack of synergy and cooperation. Pain is inflicted on people. Roads can be repaired in stages to minimize damage. The government could be stricter about parking and loading vehicles on bridges, which is the exact opposite of durability. Illegal stalls and markets under bridges should also be banned.
Governments should set strict timelines for repairing roads. Additionally, a culture of road maintenance should be revitalized so that bridges and roads are not left without maintenance for long periods of time. Governments are judged by parameters such as road infrastructure, its quality and quantity, so governments must fulfill their responsibilities.