The Lagos State government on Wednesday has disclosed that the Costain roundabout inwards Funso Williams Avenue will be shut down for three months, beginning from Thursday, October 3. This was said to be a part of the efforts to facilitate the completion of the ongoing construction projects in Lagos state. In a press statement made available to the media organisations in Lagos, the government issued a travel advisory for consumers, commuters and motorists plying theese roads.
The media release disclosed that the closure is to complement and fast track the completion of the ongoing construction of the bridge.
It Will be recalled that the federal government had embarked on the construction of a new flyover bridge in replacement of the existing one which headroom had been inadequate for the speed train being proposed to connect Apapa Ports for wet and cargo freight services.
According to the statement,
“Motorists coming from Lagos Island that has no business in Costain and its environs can make use of Eko Bridge to Funso Williams Avenu and beyond.
“motorists coming from the Funso Williams Avenue en route Apapa road/Iganmu to Apapa, can make use of Alaka to Eric Moore to Abebe Village (Nigerian Breweries) and continue the journey, while those heading to Lagos Island from Funso Williams can connect through Eko Bridge from Ijora Olopa or Apongbon.
“Those heading to Lagos Island from Orile can use Iganmu Road to connect Eko Bridge through Costain.
“Motorists that want to use Costain Roundabout or head to Alaka or Ebute Meta can make use of Apapa Road to Abule Nla Road to connect Funso Williams Avenue by Leadway Assurance building to continue their journey, or Iddo to Oyingbo, to connect Ebute Meta.
“From Lagos Island to Iganmu Road, Orile and Apapa, motorists can make use of Costain to connect Iganmu to continue their journey.”
FG announces plan to re-introduce toll gates on federal highways
The Federal Government has announced that plans are at an advanced stage to return toll gate on federal highways all over the federation.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Buhari today.
Fashola, in collaboration with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed while briefing the media said there was no law that stopped the government from having toll gate on federal roads.
“There is no reason why we can’t toll, there was a policy of the government to abolish tolls or as it were, dismantle toll plaza, but there is no law that prohibits tolling in Nigeria today, Fashola clarified.
We expect to return toll plazas, We have concluded their designs of what they will look like, what materials they will be rebuilt with, what new considerations must go into them. What we are looking at now and trying to conclude is how the bank end runs.”
He said that the government was also considering to eliminate the payment of cash by introducing electronic mode of payment. The Minister further disclosed that government needed to acquire more lands to expand the width of the toll gates as it proposed to have a ten-lane.