The Federal Government said it has commenced the reconstruction works on the Agbara-Seme corridor of Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
Director Highways, South West, Mr Funsho Adebiyi who disclosed this in a chat with newsmen said government was reconstructing, rehabilitating, expanding various sections of the highway and that the work was from Agbara to Seme border post.
“The contractor moved to site around November (2018) but because of the high traffic for the Christmas season, he was asked to make emergency repairs to make the road motorable.
“Now he is back on site on full construction works, the survey works, geotechnical investigations have all been completed. So, the actual construction work has now started.
The Director noted that construction plants and materials have also been mobilised to some spots between Agbara and Badagry by the contractors on the project;CGC Nigeria Limited.
Adebiyi said the sections between Agbara to Badagry would undergo reconstruction, expansion and rehabilitation while Badagry to Seme border would be rehabilitated.
He explained that one additional lane would be constructed on both carriageways between Agbara and Badagry.
“From Agbara to Badagry we are not just rehabilitating, we are doing total reconstruction and expansion. So the number of lanes would be increased from two to three from Agbara to Badagry.
“While from Badagry to Seme, because it is of lesser traffic, the lanes will be two all through to Seme but it will go through total rehabilitation,’’ he said.
The director said that some engineers had been stationed permanently on site to ensure quality assurance on the project, adding that compaction of imported materials were also being assessed.
He stated that the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) was going to work on the section between Okokomaiko to Agbara, adding that procurement processes had already begun towards award of the contract.
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti said the quality construction materials were being used to ensure durability of the road.
“The economic benefit is really very great and then we have a lot of tertiary institutions along the corridor of this project.
“The project was part of a major project from Lagos to Abidjan and that the ministry was doing its best to speed up construction on the Lagos side’’.
“It is going to be on a soil cement, sub base, stone base and then you have your binder course and your wearing course,“ he said.
The project which started last October, had a completion period of 36 months.