The Lagos State Government has commenced reconfiguration and remodelling of 60 traffic-prone roundabouts across the state as part of efforts to reduce travel time and congestion.
Dr Frederic Oladeinde, the Commissioner for Transportation disclosed this at a news conference in his office on Friday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the reconfiguration is starting with Ikotun, Allen, Maryland, and 2nd Lekki Roundabouts.
Oladeinde said that the development had become imperative to combat gridlock and increase the capacity of the junctions to accommodate vehicular pressure and demands.
“We started off through discovery of 60 gridlock junctions and areas across the state.
“Seven pilot schemes were unlocked, we progressed in the traffic management measures to 27 locations and now we are working on four major junctions by removing the roundabouts presently causing chaos during turning movements.
“The identified four roundabouts are Ikotun, 2nd Roundabout on Lekki-Epe Expressway, Allen Avenue Roundabout and Maryland,” the commissioner said. NAN
According to him, despite the construction, the government through the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), will deploy enough officers to ensure free flow of traffic.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotoso added that some of the roundabouts had outlived their usefulness, hence the determination and commitment of Gov. Sanwo-Olu to remodel them to address traffic issues.
In his remark, the General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Olajide Oduyoye, assured that traffic officers would be on ground to monitor compliance, while urging motorists to obey them.