If you are one of those planning to traverse between Ibadan and Lagos, it is best you seek alternative route because for the third day running, commuters and motorists on the busy road have been telling sad tales–of pain and anguish– as Julius Berger Nigeria Limited continues its assignment on the road.
Besides manhours lost in traffic, commuters face threats to lives from robbers, who lay in wait for broken down vehicles in the gridlock.
On Wednesday, passengers and motorists spent several hours between Mowe/Ibafo to Berger bus stop in Lagos.
Two articulated trucks broke down on the Long Bridge.
There were no emergency and traffic management agencies to remove the trucks. There was a gridlock for inbound and outbound vehicles.
Since the last few months of rehabilitation, motorists and passengers have experienced pains on the road, with many spending more money on fuel and other expenses.
A resident of Magboro in Ogun State, Azeez Lawani, called on the government to prevail on Julius Berger to adopt a strategy to reduce the man hours spent on the road.
He complained of inhaling fumes from vehicles. This, said Lawani, endangers the health of passengers and motorists.
A motorist, Segun Ilase, deplored the indiscipline among motorists.
The Arepo resident said the gridlock was having a huge impact on family finances as they spend more on fares hiked by commercial operators.
On Tuesday night, commercial transport operators charged between N500 and N700 on the Berger/Ibafo/Mowe as against the normal N100.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to take alternative routes, to avoid the two trucks, which broke down on the Long Bridge.
Clement Oladele, sector commander in Ogun, advised motorists to take the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and Ikorodu Road to beat the traffic.