By Grace Alegba
The Lagos State Government has assured that the 8.75 kilometers Lekki Regional Road Project in Eti-Osa Local Government Area would be completed on schedule by June 2022.
The Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, gave the assurance during an inspection of the project on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 8.75 kilometre road, being handled by Hi-Tech Construction Company, will link Lekki-Epe Expressway at Victoria Garden City junction to the Freedom Way in Eti-Osa.
The standard three lanes double carriageway under construction with concrete, also called rigid pavement, will have four foot bridges and two meters bicycle lane over the entire length of the alignment.
Adeyoye said that the project had reached 23.56 per cent completion and entered a new phase for visible surface works to be seen.
“The contractor is on site, they have done a lot of work behind the scene. A lot of pilling works for the pedestrian bridges and a lot of sand filling dredging across the Ikota River,” she said.
According to Adeyoye, the project is a precursor to the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge whose construction will begin in the first quarter 2022.
She said the project would further open up the Lekki area to serve as alternative route and link to several communities and industrial areas.
“With roads, bridges, you can’t lie, its either you do them or you don’t do them because these are things that people feel directly.
“And I want the citizens to believe in us; we told you we that will conclude and finish up with Pen Cinema Bridge, we have done that.
“We told you that before the end of this administration, we would actually move on with the fourth Mainland Bridge and I just want you to believe.
“We told you we will give an alternative to the Lekki Epe Expressway and exactly that is what we are doing,” she said.
Mr Danny Abboud, Managing Director,
Hitech Construction Company, said that the firm had been working round the clock since they moved to site to deliver the project on schedule.
Abboud said sand was being dredged directly from the Lagos lagoon to ease construction process.
NAN reports that the will provide access to places like VGC, Ikate Elegushi, Ikota, Chevron Drive, Ajiran, Pinnock Beach Estate, Gracefield Island and Orange Island.
The project was awarded in May 2020 but construction began in August, 2020, to be completed in June, 2022. (NAN)