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Tight security as Lagos marathon returns

04 February 2016, 08:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Lagos State Government has announced restriction of movement in some major highways to be used for Saturday's International  Marathon.

The tournament is scheduled to start by 07h00 at the National Stadium in Surulere, ending at Eko Atlantic City.

Special Adviser to the State Governor on Transportation, Olanrewaju Elegushi, said the marathon will start from the National Stadium and move to Anthony, and thereafter to Gbagada Road, Third Mainland Bride through Alfred Rewane to Lekki Ikoyi Bridge and  terminate at Eko Atlantic City.

The restriction of traffic will however start from 06h30 and end at 13h00.

Elegushi said adequate arrangements had been put in place to ensure security operatives and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) barricaded access to the dual carriage way to be affected by the event.

Elegushi said all traffic flow and access from Alaka and Alhaji Masha to National Stadium towards Ojuelegba and along Western Avenue terminating at Anthony Bus stop would be blocked.

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The whole stretch of the Anthony Oke to Gbagada unto Third mainland Bride along with accesses at New Garage, Adeniji Adele interchange; Sura/Simpson and Obalende would equally be blocked.

All access from Dolphin Estate towards Osborne, terminating at Falomo Road, will be blocked for the event, while access to Falomo Roundabout from Alfred Rewane (Kingsway Road), Awolowo Road and traffic from Victoria Island would also be affected.

Other areas to be affected include all access/link roads along Bourdillon up to Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge Roundabout and the Link Bridge.

There would also be blockade of traffic on Admiralty Way from the bridge outlet inward Lekki-Epe Expressway inward Ozumba Mbadiwe to Akin Adesola, Bishop Oluwole and Bar Beach (Atlantic City).

Elegushi called on residents to watch the event also as a sporting event but for its tourism content.

“As a people who are naturally friendly,  we should put on display, our positive attitude to visitors,” Elegushi said.

The Lagos International Marathon was last held in 1983.

Its return is billed to attract more than 20 000 athletes, including over 20 world class marathon runners.

- CAJ News


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