Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Traffic, Lagos and the 3rd Mainland Bridge

At the risk of being beaten up by my friends and colleagues, I dare to write this piece! I live in Ikoyi and my office is in Victoria Island, the summary of this is, I can decide not to cross the third mainland bridge for the next few months.Yippppeeeeee!
Okay, the honest truth is I am not insensitive or happy that my peeps have to deal with the insanity while the bridge is being maintained, I am just happy for myself that the ridiculous rent I pay is finally having some justification.
I thought it was going to be normal for me, I did not envisage the the mainlanders dilemma was going to be advantageous to the Islanders. Now, Akin Adesola that  usually gets jammed during rush hour is so free you can literarily count the cars...well, at least yesterday (I have to be careful what I say before the traffic gods get mad and chose to punish Islanders)
But on a serious note it really has been more difficult for people to manage their time, but luckily there should be fewer cars on the roads till september as kids are on holidays.
Gridlock on the 3rd Mainland Bridge yesterday.
Gridlock in Lagos
I was reading one of the VANGUARD,  and I hear they are asking motorist (those fdriving aimlessly I guess) and those who can afford to car pool, to leave their cars at home;
Motorists and commuters who do not have imperative reasons to move between the Island and Mainland have been advised to stay off the roads for the next few months as repair on the 3rd Mainland Bridge entered its second day.
The advice became necessary as residents, motorists and commuters in Lagos, yesterday, had hectic time getting to their destinations as they were locked up in gridlock primarily caused by the ongoing repair on the bridge.
Despite the efforts of hundreds of traffic managers, comprising the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, members of the Nigeria Police, stationed at strategic points to ensure free flow of traffic, motorists, commuters and residents of the state lamented the traffic situation, urging government to work out modalities that could reduce the traffic logjam, apart from the diversion routes provided.
The partial closure practically slowed down business activities on the Island and Mainland due to the attendant chaotic traffic situation.
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