FG Begins Reconstruction of Oshodi-Apapa Highway

By UcheNwosisi

The Federal Government, last Saturday, November 17, 2018 flags off the reconstruction of Apapa-Oshodi expressway, the 32km road linking the Apapa ports to other part of Lagos is a major route for trucks and tankers evacuating cargo from the Tin Can and Apapa Port complexes to other states.

The reconstruction work which would be handled by AG Dangote, on a special tax waiver arrangement with the federal government.

The construction will be different from the one in the past because it now includes a rigid pavement rather than the usual asphalt.

Bridges and interchange ramp rehabilitation will also form part of the new scope of the construction by the Dangote group.

The construction work will extend from the creek road Apapa to the old Lagos toll gate.

According to the minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN the original road was built between 1975 and 1978 had not be reconstructed or expanded for 40years,

The chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote disclosed that the project would cost N73 billion and expected to be completed within two years, adding that when completed, it will be the longest concrete road in African and would help to increase the revenue in the ports.

The chairman senate committee on Works, Senator Kabiru Gaya stated that the federal government will in the next few weeks commence the reconstruction and rehabilitation of five major roads in the country.

On his part, Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode stated that the project would bring permanent relief to motorists and residents as the perennial gridlock in the axis will come to an end, thus enhancing easy movement within the state.

The Lagos helmsman said it was gratifying that the project would be done using concrete, expressing optimism that the road would last for forty years.

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