If you live in Lagos, by now you should be aware of the plan by Lagos state government to partially close Ikorodu road this weekend.

The plan is to replace the dilapidated and disused steel pedestrian bridge at Fadeyi Bus Stop, with a new footbridge.

The main carriage lanes of Ikorodu Road would be closed to traffic for two nights on Saturday, September 23, 2017, between 11:00pm and 6:00am, and Sunday, September 24, between 11:00pm and 4:00am.

Service lanes, he affirmed, would be open to traffic but when things like this happen, Lagos becomes hell.

Lagosians suffer not necessarily because the measures by the authorities are inadequate but most Lagos drivers are just impatient.

See yourself as a sane road user.

If all traffic, both inward Lagos and outward Ojota, would be diverted to the service lanes, there will be bottlenecks at both ends and heavy traffic.

In case this extends till rush hour on Monday, let's look at few alternative routes to keep you off Ikorodu Road.

1. Third Mainland Bridge – This is about the easiest option for those going to the Island. You must know that the Eko Bridge option might leave you stuck on Ikorodu road, especially if you’re coming from the Maryland, Palmgrove axis.

If you are going to Yaba, Surulere, you can exit the TMB via the Ebutte Meta road and connect through Herbert Macaulay Road.

2. Oworonshoki Bypass/Bariga – This can be useful when you’re driving in from Ogudu-Ketu axis and you usually connect Ikorodu road via Anthony on Oshodi Express.

If your destination is Yaba, Ishaga, Idi Araba, Lawanson and others in that area, you can exit at Oworonshoki but instead of heading to Anthony use the exit leading into Gbagada taxi park.

It is almost like driving in a circle to help you cross the Oworonshoki express above the bridge. This leads you into Shogbamu street and all the way to Bariga, Unilag, Alago Meji.

3. Agege Motor Road/Mushin – This is an option for those heading towards Surulere, Yaba, from places like Agege, Iyana Ipaja, Abule Egba. Perhaps you usually link Oshodi via Agege motor road but with this situation you can consider taking Mushin.


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