The Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to timely delivery of the Lekki Regional Road despite the recent adjustment to the timeline, adding that the project will be completed during the tenure of the present administration.
This was the position of the Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, who spoke after inspecting construction work on the Regional Road project, which starts from Victoria Garden City to Freedom Way at Lekki Scheme I.
Engr. Adeyoye stated that the Lekki Sub-Region is the new economic centre of Lagos due to the siting of the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lekki Ports, Dangote Petrochemical Plant, Lekki Airport as well as other industrial and commercial developments in the area, pointing out the necessity of an alternative road to the Lekki-Epe Expressway – currently the only major road along the axis.
“Lekki Regional Road would be connecting VGC, Ikate Elegushi, Ikota, Chevron Drive, Ajiran, Pinnock Beach Estate, Gracefield Island and Orange Island up to Freedom Road. That road would also serve as an alternative to the Lekki-Epe Expressway, which is already congested and is at present the only road serving the Lekki Sub-Region”, she explained.
Affirming that the road would be completed as scheduled, the Special Adviser said that the 8.75-kilometre stretch, which comprises a 500-metre bridge, 251-metre interchange, 50-metre bicycle lane and an adjoining 500-metre road being handled by Messrs Hi-Tech Construction Company Ltd, is at 25 per cent completion stage.
She explained that the initial timeline for the project, which commenced about a year ago, had to be adjusted because of Right of Way (RoW) issues noting, however, that given the pace of work, the project is still very much on course and will be completed within the specified time frame.
“The Contractor is on-site and they have done a lot of work behind the scene, such as the completion of the piling works for the pedestrian bridges. The bridges are already in place while a lot of sand filling and dredging on the road alignment has been achieved also”, she said.
Mrs. Adeyoye said the contractors are now working on other segments of the bridge components like the caps and abutments, adding that the project is a precursor to the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge.
She averred that the Lekki Regional Road project has already been integrated with the Lekki Infrastructure Master Plan, and will further open up the Lekki area, just as it is planned to serve as an alternative route and link to several communities, industrial areas as well as an avenue to ease the gridlock on Third Mainland Bridge.
The Special Adviser added that the Lekki Regional Road is a part of the proposed lagoon side alternative to the Lekki-Epe Expressway comprising of three inter-connected alignments: the Regional Highway, the Regional Road and the Regional Express, which will connect two of the aforementioned to the Osborne/Third Mainland Bridge Corridor.