The Lagos State Government said on Wednesday that it is set to decongest traffic along the Lekki-Epe Expressway through the removal of three roundabouts namely the 4th Roundabout (Elegushi); 5th Roundabout (Jakande) and the 8th Roundabout (VGC).
This was made known by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, while addressing a joint ministerial press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa.
He said the affected roundabouts would be replaced by the use of traffic lights, expansion of the roads and provision of dedicated turning lanes as well as additional lay-bys.
The state’s Commissioner for Works, Ganiyu Johnson also said that the government will embark on the construction of a flyover at Pen Cinema located at the Agege axis of the state.
“The Pen-Cinema flyover has been a recurring decimal in this state to solve the gridlock there. This flyover will bring to three the number of flyover undertaken by this government after the Abule-Egba and Ajah flyovers which are on course,” Johnson said.
The commissioner said that the flyover would be constructed from Oba Ogunji via Ijaiye Road into Agunbiade.
He said that the bridge would be 700 metres long with some junction improvement at PenCinema.
“The project will also accommodate a generous walkway, similar to the Ikorodu Expressway and the bridge will have a free flow all the way to Agunbiade,” Johnson added.
Ayorinde also said that the state government had decided to deploy 13,000 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, and security sensors for surveillance and crime prevention.
He said that with this, the government had declared its readiness to activate a muti-faceted project designed to improve living standards and revenue generation in the state.
Similarly, Olufemi Odubiyi, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, said that the deployment of the cameras would start in September.
Odubiyi said that it would take between 16 to 18 months before the cameras could be evenly deployed across the state.
“There will be equitable distribution across the state and it will have a multiplier effect on business opportunities in the state as it continues to move toward a 24-hour economy,” he said.
The commissioner said that additional 6,000 streetlights would also be provided to support the state’s “Light Up” initiative.
“What the state is trying to achieve at the end of the day is ensuring that e-government services are fully implemented so that citizens could enjoy the delivery of the objectives of the government,” he added.