By Deji Lambo
For several hours, traffic was at a standstill.
According to a correspondent observation, wearied commuters disembarked from their vehicles to board motorcycles, while others trekked.
Some motorists were seen making U-turns as they aborted their trips.
Our correspondent gathered that the gridlock, which lasted for many hours, started shortly after Julius Berger workers used a bulldozer to carry barricades to divert vehicular movements to a single lane between the Magboro and Warewa ends of the expressway.
An eyewitness, who identified himself only as Shola, said the diversion was done around 9am.
He said, “Between 9am and 10am, about three people who wore Julius Berger apron used a bulldozer to carry barricades to direct vehicles going inward Lagos State to the lane of vehicles going inward Ogun State. The gridlock started shortly after the blockage.”
A commuter, who gave his name only as Tolu, said he was stranded after the driver of the commercial bus he boarded aborted their trip, adding that he trekked for over one hour to get to his destination in Arepo.
He said, “From Berger, I boarded a bus going to Magboro. But when we got close to the Tribune Newspaper office around the Longbridge, the driver dropped all of us and returned our money because of the gridlock. I started trekking 4.10pm and from that point, I trekked to Arepo and got there around 5.10pm.
“A lot of people were stranded; many vehicles broke down. When I got to the PUNCH area, I noticed that vehicles going inward Lagos were passing the same route with vehicles going inward Mowe, Ibafo areas in Ogun. What I experienced today was horrific.”
“We encountered the gridlock around Mowe and we spent three hours to get to Magboro. At one point, we were on a standstill for more than one hour until some policemen and soldiers intervened and vehicles started moving gradually. The suffering is too much and I have missed all my other appointments today,” he said.
“I got to my office at Magboro by 10pm. That is seven long hours in the traffic. What productive work can I do again?” he asked.
He said, “The diversion is part of our programme of work and people should not blame Julius Berger; it is in preparation for work on the Lagos bound axis. We have a stretch around there that we have not done the wearing cost. So, we need to do the wearing cost and it is something that will take like four to six days.
“Once we do our work, everything will be over. We are not shutting down Lagos-Ibadan Expressway; we are only diverting traffic and our people should exercise patience and nobody should drive against traffic.”
He said it would also enable Julius Berger to lay asphalt between Arepo and Warewa, a distance of one and half kilometres.
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