BY GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos
Lagos State Government on Sunday said it as repositioned its public works corporation to effectively tackle problem of bad roads and flooding affecting the state.
Unveiling its roadmap targeted at maintaining and rehabilitating roads across the state at a press briefing in Lagos, the newly appointed Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Public Works and Drainages, Engineer Temidayo Erinle they have comprehensive drainage maintenance and flood control programme between August and December 2017.
Erinle said in the coming days, the state government, through the Public Works Corporation, would carry out rehabilitation works on 43 major link roads across the state, while other major highways and arterial roads found to be in bad state would be fixed.
According to him, the state government is aware of the challenges being experienced by commuters on Lagos roads, adding that Ambode had already repositioned the Corporation to comprehensively address the issues relating to potholes and drainages in the state.
He said, “As you are all aware, we are presently in the rainy season, as such much cannot be done during this period. However, we are currently carrying out palliative works on our major roads through the application of boulders, crushed stones and other construction materials to address the potholes problems in order not to paralyze the economic activities of the State.
“Similarly, we also take advantage of some dry days to carry out repair works in an effort to reduce traffic gridlock on Lekki-Epe Expressway between Adetokunbo Ademola to Samuel, section of Ikorodu Road between the new and old pedestrian bridges inward Maryland, Ikorodu Road, Ketu Bus Stop and Ikuomola Street, Idimu Alimosho Local Government Area.
“Asides that, I want to assure the people that immediately the rain subsides, the Lagos State Public Works Corporation will embark on massive road maintenance and repairs of all major highways and arterial roads found to be in bad state.”
Erinle said aside the 43 major link roads to be repaired in coming days, engineers of the Corporation have also been sent out to identify other failed spots across the State, assuring that the State Government was determined to fix all potholes to bring about seamless driving experience to motorists.
He said works have already commenced in earnest to de-flood the state, adding that in a bid to forestall flooding as witnessed few weeks back due to torrential rainfall which led to high intensity of about 465 mm of water within five days, the State has been divided into five zones to tackle the problem.