Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos has been characterised with severe traffic and gridlocks, the situation which leads to reduced productivity, socio-economic losses and poses threats to the environment (arising from air and noise pollution).
The Expressway is the principal arterial road connecting the Lekki-Epe axis to the rest of Lagos (such as Victoria Island, Lagos Island, Proposed Lekki Deep Seaport, Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Factory Complex, Proposed Lekki Airport to mention but a few.
These land-use activities around this ever-busy road which stretches across nine major roundabouts of 17.3km, have been the major cause of the perennial traffic being experienced along the corridor.
Prior to construction, Planet Projects Limited had conducted traffic surveys and studies in order to arrive at the optimum junction models for each of the roundabouts.
PPL conceptualized the remodeling of the junctions by –
- Carrying out comprehensive Junction Improvement Works (JIWs) through the removal of roundabouts to pave way for the new re-construction
- Extensive drainage works
- Concrete kerbs
- Asphalt overlay
- Concrete barriers, etc.
These junctions have been fully equipped with signalized Traffic System Management Measure and Signals.
After the intervention by the company, the journey time for the AM peak (Abraham Adesanya – Toll Gate) has drastically reduced from 78 minutes to about 35 minutes, a 55% decrease travel time, while the return journey (Toll Gate- Abraham Adesanya) also changes from 98 minutes to 38 minutes, translating into a 60% decrease in journey time.
After completion of work, the traffic situation in the axis has drastically improved with economists estimating that N87billion had been saved through the Junction Improvement Works (JIWs) intervention.