Motorists groan as flood overruns Lagos-Ibadan Expressway bridge, others

Motorists plying the Berger-Mowe end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway were trapped in a gridlock after a downpour flooded the Long Bridge section of the road.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the stretch of the bridge towards Warewa was covered by water as the road users were left stranded due to the intense rain that fell on Thursday afternoon.

It was observed that the water almost got levelled up with the bridge as vehicles moved through it at a slow pace.

A motorist, who identified himself simply as Kunle, lamented the development and told our correspondent that he spent close to three hours in the gridlock.

“I got to Berger around 3:30 pm when the rain was falling and by the time we moved close to Fatgbems bus stop, the traffic began to build up. That was how I ended up getting to Magboro around 6:30 pm simply because of the flood. The flood I also saw today was much.”

Another road user, who craved not to be mentioned, said the bridge had always been flooded while appealing to the government for intervention.

He said, “This is not the first time we have been experiencing this kind of flood on the bridge. Today’s own is however much. The long period the contractors have spent on this bridge is enough for them to provide a solution to this flooding. It is affecting us.”

An X.com user, Nasir Rahmon, while sharing a video of the flood also warned against plying the route.

“This is neither Lagos Lagoon nor the Atlantic Ocean! This is Long Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. If you don’t have anything super-urgent, don’t go on this road. Federal Ministry of Works should find a solution to this perennial flooding on the bridge,” he wrote.

The gridlock also left motorists stranded for hours as some pedestrians were seen trekking endlessly. Motorcyclists also took advantage of the situation to make brisk businesses.

PUNCH Metro also gathered that some parts of Lagos State were flooded due to the downpour.

These include Akowonjo, Wempco Road, Egbeda and Lekki areas of the state. Other affected areas in Ogun State include Akute, Lotto, Pakuro, Ijere, and other flood-prone areas.

Other areas affected by the flood include Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and Ikeja in Lagos State.

Source: Punch

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