Rail Mass Transit: Lagos to Divert Traffic at Murtala Mohammed Way/Yaba Axis

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The Lagos State Government will divert traffic on Muritala Mohammed Way in preparation for the first phase of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Project (Oyingbo to Agbado), from Monday, March 7, to April 15, 2022.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Transportation on Friday, the Commissioner, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, explained that a lane will be barred from vehicular movement to extend the capacity of Muritala Mohammed way from one lane to two lanes.

The rail mass transit is expected to mitigate traffic congestion and travel time in Lagos state

The Commissioner also announced the extension of the Ojuelegba/Tejuosho slip road which will commence simultaneously from Monday, March 7, to September 30, 2022, for a duration of six months.

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According to the diversion plan earmarked for the construction period, Oladeinde stated that traffic circulating Western Avenue, inbound Yaba will be diverted to Empire road to access Muritala Mohammed way, while traffic circulating Muritala Mohammed Way inbound Yaba will be diverted to Empire road to connect Western Avenue for the desired destinations.

Motorists on Herbert Macaulay inbound Yaba will also utilise Empire road to connect Western Avenue.

The Commissioner assured Lagosians that the site of the construction will be cordoned off for the safety of the citizenry, adding that emergency vehicles will be on ground to tow mechanical faulty vehicles along the axis.

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He also stated that signage will be placed on the access roads with the state’s Traffic Management Authority to manage traffic flow and minimise inconveniences.


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