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Gridlock returns to Lagos roads after Yuletide

13 January 2014, 15:44

Lagos - The usual gridlock on some Lagos roads which disappeared during the Yuletide and most of last week, has returned, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A correspondent of NAN who monitored the traffic situation in the metropolis on Monday morning reports that most roads witnessed slow vehicular movements.

The entire stretch of Iyana-Ipaja to Oshodi on the Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway was busy as vehicles moved with intermittent stops.

NAN further reports that the the ongoing construction of a pedestrian bridge at the Cement Bus Stop section of the road and a breakdown of two vehicles at Mongoro worsened the situation.

Also, motorists driving from Ayobo, Ishefun and Aiyetoro to Iyana-Ipaja suffered a long delay at the Gate Bus Stop, due to the traffic build-up.

Officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) had a hard time managing traffic on Ikorodu Road, because there were bumper-to-bumper movements.

The situation was not different at Mulero, Iyana Orile and Agbotikuyo sections of the Old Ipaja Road as the road was also busy.

Though Ojuelegba to Costain was not a traditional flashpoint, it recorded a few traffic snags at about 9.15 a.m.

Joel Martins, a motorist, told NAN that the return of gridlock was expected as full activities had returned to the metropolis, after the Yuletide.

"The traffic is back because everybody is back at work after the Christmas and the New Year holidays and you know, school pupils resumed this morning.

"Lagos is back to its normal hustle and bustle, nobody likes the traffic but that is part of life in the city,” he said.

A LASTMA official, who did not want his name published, said the agency had anticipated the gridlock and was doing  everything possible to keep it under control.

-  NAN

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