The Sagamu-Lagos area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project will be completed by 2021, the contractor handling the reconstruction of the expressway, Julius Berger revealed yesterday.
The Operations Manager, Julius Berger, Thamm Olaf, made this known when he spoke with the Senate Committee on Works, led by its Chairman, Kabiru Gaya, on Sunday, November 11.
According to him, the project, which was to be completed in 2017, was stalled due to paucity of funds and additional facilities such as flyovers, u-turns and under parks, among others.
“Originally, it was two lanes, but now it has been widened to three lanes for each side. The delivery date for the project is 2021. Normally, it was to be completed in 2017 but four years were added because of additional works. There was the shutting down of the project for two times because of funding challenges, that is why we asked for extension of time. Instead of using lateritic surface, we are converting to stone-based to relief the cost of maintaining the road and make it last long”.
Gaya, who said a lot of money had been invested on roads, added that the committee was not happy with the speed of work on the project. He urged the contractor to increase the pace.
“We are visiting 27 states to inspect ongoing project and we are here not just to see the road but to supervise and check the level of work done so far. The road is going to take care of huge volume of traffic, but we are not happy with the slow speed.”