24th June, 2010
Remedial work has begun on the collapsed portion of the LASU-Iba Road.
Mr. Ganiyu Johnson, Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure said Messrs China Civil Engineering and Construction Company, CCECC Nigeria Limited have mobilised to site for remedial work while officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA were on hand to direct traffic.
Johnson said it was regrettable that the road collapsed, adding that mild traffic jam should still be expected pending the completion of works on the road. Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa said LASTMA officials were fully on ground to direct traffic on the route, saying that he could not tell how long traffic would last on the route.
Johnson said what happened was a natural disaster beyond governmentâ€™s control, saying that flood should be held responsible for the collapse of the road.
â€œThere was a heavy rain on Saturday, 20 June 2010 which caused flooding in Iba. The flood resulted in failure of a culvert across LASU-Iba Road, near Agboroko.
â€œA team of engineers visited the site to assess the situation and determine the reasons responsible for the failure,â€ her added.
According to him, it was observed that the pavement on one side of the carriageway had collapsed forcing motorists to share the other carriageway initially resulting in heavy traffic bottleneck.
â€œThe distressed carriageway is the new pavement added to the original carriagewayâ€™â€™, he said.
He stated that prior to this incident, a rapid development in the Agboroko and Igbo Elerin axis and construction of illegal structures across Aperan Iba and Agboroko channels had been observed, adding that â€œthe result of this is the build up of water in the mainly low-lying areas.â€
Johnson added that â€œthe possibility of huge volume of water had been identified by engineers working on the project at this and some other locations on the road. Plans were already afoot to address the problem by construction of multi-cell culverts at the locations before this unfortunate incident.â€