The constant presence of articulated trucks parking indiscriminately on the Ogere section of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project is damaging new construction work on the highway.
The Coordinating Director, Highway Construction and Rehabilitation, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Funsho Adebiyi, who said this during an inspection tour of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway rehabilitation and reconstruction project on Saturday, reiterated the Federal government’s commitment to taming the incessant gridlock and truck menace on the busy road.
He said, “You see trailers in their hundreds park on the road shoulders we are just repairing. Some of them are not parked empty; they are carrying as much as 900 bags of cement and they are abandoned there on the road shoulder.”
He said apart from the dead weight of the parked trucks which causes quick road degeneration, the vehicles are usually repaired on the road, thereby spilling petroleum products on the highway.
Adebiyi said the Federal government would convene a meeting with the representatives of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo state governments, as well as truck drivers and owners, traffic regulatory agencies to address the issue.