Anger, frustration as gridlock grounds Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Muritala Ayinla


For motorists plying the ever-busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Wednesday was a particularly harrowing day as gridlock grounded the stretch of the highway, forcing some commuters to abandon their vehicles and trek for several kilometres.

Those without a choice groaned in traffic for several hours following the traffic diversion on Kara Bridge by the Julius Berger, the construction giant handling the rehabilitation of the highway.

From as early as 6am motorists and as well as commuters moving along the highway were stranded as their vehicles got stuck in the traffic jam which lasted for several hours. Many of those heading to Lagos found the slow pace of vehicular movement from Ibafo which run through the entire stretch of Long Bridge while those moving out of Lagos experienced the traffic from as far as the Iyana-Oworo end of the 3rd Mainland Bridge.

It was learnt that the gridlock was caused and worsened by a trailer which lost control and rammed into the concrete barricade used for road diversion at the diversion points crossing the two lanes reserved for the movement of vehicles.

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