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Lagosians groan, as failed roads cause gridlock



By Olasunkanmi Akoni

MOTORISTS and residents plying the Oshodi-Apapa and Lagos Badagry Expressways were stranded, yesterday, as a result of the failed roads caused by flooding and persistent rainfall in the state.

The motorists lamented the perennial gridlock in the axis, blaming it on neglect on the part of the Federal and State Governments.

The situation seemed to have overwhelmed members of the state police command, Presidential Task Team, as well as Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, deployed to manage and control traffic in the axis as they watched the chaotic situation amid intermittent rainfall.

Motorists were seen stranded for several hours in gridlock which was compounded by an influx of tankers and containerised trucks.

The traffic stretched from Cele Bus stop along Oshodi-Apapa to Mile-2 end of the road, while it also affected the Lagos Badagry Expressway from Alakija to Mile-2 end.

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In the ensuing chaos around the axis, several vehicles were stuck in the flood around the bad portion on the road while miscreants made brisk business by helping victims to push out their vehicles off the danger zone at a bargained fee.

The current situation was further compounded by heavy flooding of the axis as a result of persistent rainfall in the state which made both sides of the road impassable for motorists.

The four-lane road has been narrowed down to a single lane for all kinds of vehicles in an attempt to avoid the wide potholes on the roads covered by the flood.



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