#BounceExclusive: Not Everyone Is Happy After Abule Egba Bridge Commissioning
When Abule Egba Bridge was commissioned by Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in May, it was all jubilation and praises.
Built to ease heavy traffic jams that had become a daily occurrence, the residents of the area and those that come into Lagos from Ogun State through that axis danced for days.
But there are some persons that have been made sad as a result of this good deed.
During the construction of the bridge, link-roads within the area became the only means of by-passing the intersection.
Vehicles had smooth ride through the roads, but everything changed when heavy duty vehicles turned the roads to their walkways.
Few weeks to the commissioning of the bridge, the link-roads had become a shadow of themselves.
Two roads that have direct link to the Abeokuta Express way – General and Ahmadiyya – had become eyesores.
No one will believe the roads ever had bitumen.
Inner link-roads within the area have also been damaged as a result of excessive use. They were not originally built for heavy duty vehicles.
Now, residents of the area that use Kareem Street, Winston Aghedo Street, Olaniyi Street, Agbe Road and some other roads in the area have been left to suffer.
The damage the roads do to vehicles is something they have been forced to live with, with no signs that the roads would be fixed soon.
At some point, the lower part of vehicles hit the ground, as they try to manoeuvre the bad spots, most of the vehicle owners cursing and hissing.
Some of them were excited when they saw Bounce News taking pictures of the road. They mistook our reporter for a contractor or an agent of the government from Alausa.
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The Governor had appealed that development such as the bridge construction usually comes with pains, but fixing the roads in good time, will safe cost and ease the suffering of the people.
Since the Abule Egba Bridge was opened for commuters, only 2 of the roads, one in U-Turn bus stop and another, Charity Road, have been fixed while others are still lying in ruins.
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