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Julius Berger Managing Director, Engr. Dr. Lars Richter leading Hon. Minister of Works & Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, to the 1st stop at Loto along the Lagos-Sagamu Expressway Project Route where a plaque in commemoration of the company’s 4 million Man Hours of Work With Zero Loss was proudly presented to the Hounourable Minister

The Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Engr. Dr. Lars Richter has again given a firm assurance to the federal government and to all other stakeholders of the Lagos-Shagamu Expressway rehabilitation, reconstruction and expansion project that the company would as contracted duly complete and deliver the works as scheduled.

He made his remarks at Ogere where a Townhall meeting was held on the Lagos-Shagamu Expressway project last Saturday. Richter referred to the Lagos-Shagamu Expressway as a “key national infrastructure with immense socio-economic benefits for adjoining states and indeed, the entire nation.” The Lagos-Shagamu Expressway, he added is the largest road in Africa and the major link to the northern, southern and eastern parts of Nigeria and one of the busiest highways in the country.

Julius Berger was contracted to implement the construction of Section 1 of the Lagos-Shagamu Expressway, that is, Lagos to Sagamu Interchange. This section, Richter said, has the highest traffic volume in Nigeria, in terms of high volume commerce and trade as well as heavy volumes of commuters who travel either to and from work or for religious activities on a daily basis.  The heavy traffic volumes necessitated the expansion of the original design of the highway to three lanes in both directions.

Completion of the Julius Berger works on the Lagos-Shagamu expressway, Richter confidently asserted, is planned for 3rd quarter of 2022. Speaking on the challenge of traffic management in the course of the works, Richter said, Julius Berger has implemented highly detailed traffic management planning”. A study carried out in 2013, he said, showed that the Lagos-Shagamu expressway is one of the busiest roads in West Africa with approximately 40,000-vehicle count per day, having a count of above 3,000 vehicle passes per hour at peak hour. The traffic volume, Richter said had since increased in the past five years due to the development of new towns, housing estates as well as further expansion of industrial development.

To mitigate for seamless traffic flow and to create for a safe work environment, Julius Berger has developed a Traffic Management PlanTMP. Key considerations in the TMP include areas of expected hazards; required bus stops; access to adjoining communities; safe working environment; and the wellbeing and safety of major stakeholders, including petrol and gas stations, churches, factories and pedestrians.