Worries over poor state of Oshodi- Apapa Expressway

By Bertram Nwannekanma   |   03 August 2015   |   11:39 pm  
A portion of the road at Ilasa Bus Stop   PHOTO: OSENI YUSUF

A portion of the road at Ilasa Bus Stop PHOTO: OSENI YUSUF

Motorists lament deplorable state of Iyana- Itire, Ilasa, Isolo bus stops

THIS is not the best of times for motorists, who ply Apapa-Oshodi Expressway in Lagos, because of the poor state of the road, which often puncture their tyres.

Commuters are also worried that portions of the expressway, unarguably one of the most important and strategic of all the Federal highways in the country, are left in such deplorable state in spite of all the billions of Naira spent in recent times in the maintenance of the road.

To these commuters, such a road, which, apart from linking the two of the country’s busiest and most viable seaports –Apapa and Tin-Can ports, connects Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), – should be a model to other roads in the country.

However, this is not the case, as citizens daily go through hell meandering through several failed spots that dot the road to reach their destinations.

Some of notable spots are between Iyana Isolo and Cele Bus Stops, especially at Iyana -Isolo, Sadiku, Ilasa, Iyana-Itire and Berliet Bus stops.

Apart from the potholes, there are also ditches and craters in the adjourning service lanes.

When it rains, it becomes more nightmarish, as motorists, who unknowingly, because the flood has covered the areas, fall into any of deep craters end up having the tyres of their vehicles punctured. This often leads to traffic snarls.

A commercial bus driver, who plies Mile –Two- Airport road route, Emmanuel Abe, said the bad state of the road is now unbearable.

According to him, one would have expected the contractors handling the express road from Apapa to fix the bad spots, especially those at the afore mentioned bus stops, because of their very bad conditions.

He said: “ I must tell you that we commercial motorists know how to avoid the potholes and craters, but I always pity the private car owners; they would just bump into craters and have flat tyres.

“Accidents happened in this axis frequently and people die every day. So, there is the urgent need to fix the road.”
Mr. Johnson Maduka, a resident in Ilasa, said it is unthinkable that several bad portions still dot the expressway.

“Even the big trucks with big tyres fall on that road everyday, not to talk of small vehicles.

“The service lane between Sadiku and Iyana Isolo has gone terribly bad because of heavy usage in attempt to avoid the express road.
“The bad spots at Ilasa and Sanya are the worst of all the terrible spots on the highway,” he said.

A resident at Sadiku, Mr. Kanayo Udeh, said one of the major issues to tackle on the road is the drainage because the underground drainage is already blocked.

Udeh, who has been in Ilasa for 18 years, said the underground drainage system on the road should opened up to allow it to be de-silted.
According to him, it is evident that the underground drainage system built over 20 years ago is no longer sustainable on the road.



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