The Federal Government of Nigeria recently disclosed plans to take charge of the reconstruction and expansion of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway. The road which stretches from Iganmu to Badagry (suburbs in the Lagos Metropolis) was planned, designed and built by the Lagos State Government. The road was taken over by the Federal Government in the 1974 absorption of roads from the existing 19 states at the time. Such roads were ruled out for social integration, economic development and defence access. The road was extended into the territory of Benin by the Murtala Muhammed/Olusegun Obasanjo Military administrations, in furtherance of regional integration.
On completion in the late 1970s, the road served as a catalyst for accelerated development in that part of the country. Notable developments include: the 1977 International Trade Fair Complex, the Festival Town for the Festival of Black Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77) and the Legislators’ Quarters for National Assembly members (which later became Durbar Hotel). Many private companies also constructed estates for their employees just as the Agbara Industrial and Residential Estates further west joined the list of such developments.
However, the Lagos-Badagry road has suffered from lack of maintenance and effective road administration, especially with the movement of the nation’s capital to Abuja. The road deteriorated, despite being the gateway to ECOWAS member-countries. The Lagos State Government stepped in and embarked on a massive re-development of the road. This has involved the expansion of the road from four to 10 lanes with a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor and a light rail line. Actual construction commenced in April 2009, requiring demolition and compensation for structures affected by the expanded roadway.
According to reports, the new project design would involve five other ECOWAS member-countries. Convention requires each country to develop the segment of each route running within its borders. Therefore, Nigeria is primarily and totally responsible for the entire stretch of the Lagos-Badagry-Seme border segment.
Rigid pavement would be used to reconstruct the road, considering heavy traffic especially from the major seaports of Apapa and Tin Can Island, as well as the sandy soil and the challenge of surface and underground water in Lagos. Cement would also be used as a substitute for asphalt in the construction work.
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culled from HERE