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