* As Works and Hiusing Ministry commences integrity test on Kara bridge
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has notified the motoring public, particularly those plying the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, that pursuant to the recent fire incidence that involved multiple articulated vehicles on kara bridge, along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing will be carrying out an integrity test on the bridge.
This according to the Commission, was part of safety engineering measures to ascertain the extent of the damage on the road and effect the requisite repairs.
In a statement by Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, the test operation which would necessitate the narrowing of the Ibadan-bound carriageway to 2 lanes only.
He said this would be carried out between Saturday, 27th June, 2020 and Sunday 28th June, 2020 on the Ibadan bound carriageway.
“As such, there will be an imminent diversion of traffic on the bridge to allow for smooth conduct of the test,” he said.
He said that consequently, the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi had advised motoring public to exercise caution at the
diversion points, maintain common sense speed limit, and be lane-disciplined while using the available portion of the road as the test operation would not require the total closure of the bridge.
Kazeem also stated that alternative routes could be explored so as to ease off the burden on the motorable portion on the bridge even as he called on motorists to take advantage of the available routes to decongest traffic around the bridge.
The alternative routes, according to him, were Ikorodu Road to Itokin – Ijebu-Ode to Iperu or Sagamu interchange.
“Also, those driving on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway will now go through Sango Ota – Itori inward Abeokuta to Sagamu interchange; while vehicles heading to Ibadan on Lekki – Ajah to Ibeju Lekki to Epe – Ijebu-Ode are to pass through Sagamu interchange.
“Those driving on Ikorodu Roundabout inward Sabo roundabout to link Ikorodu- Sagamu Road.
“Motorists are advised to call the FRSC toll free numbers 122 or the National Traffic Radio lines; 08052998090, 09067000015, 08052998012 for help and emergency response if necessary.”