Ogun State government said it has concluded arrangements to mobilise contractors to the site for the reconstruction of the Abeokuta-Ota-Lagos Expressway.
The government said it has selected a reputable contractor for the reconstruction of the road, out of the three that made bids for the job, while waiting for a formal extract, communicating the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The reconstruction of the 70km road will cover the stretch from Abeokuta to Abule Egba in Lagos State.
The commissioner for works, Engr. Ade Akinsanya, speaking while providing more details on the readiness of the Ogun State Government to kick-start the reconstruction of the ever busy road, said the government was meticulous in picking the contractor that will work on the project.
He said the engineering work with survey, design, and Bill of Quantity (BOQ) have already been concluded.
Akinsanya added that 80 per cent of the equipment required by the contractor to move to the site is ready for deployment.
He said the contractor is ready to hit the ground running with the reconstruction works once the coast is cleared.
The commissioner said bridges along the expressway would be reconstructed with new materials to prolong their lifespan.
“The old bridges don’t have approach slabs. So, we are not going to use asphalt, but instead, polyester concrete will be used to elongate the lifespan of the bridges,” Akinsanya said.
To ensure speedy and timely reconstruction of the road, the commissioner said that between three and five gangs would be deployed to work simultaneously along the different segments of the road.
He, however, said consideration would be given to the plight of motorists and residents along the route.
He said: “We have priority areas such as Sango-Ota, Ifo, Ewekoro/Itori. We are going to do palliative works on all sides of the bad portion of the road. Essentially, the move is to ensure that we minimise the impacts of the proposed reconstruction on the lives of the people.
“We are going to have multiple gangs on working shifts to get things done quickly. By and large, there will be a lot of supervision from outside in order not to compromise standards.”