I Spent Four Hours In Traffic From Lekki Phase 1 To Ojodu Berger In Lagos Nigeria
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On Tuesday July 6 2010, I left Lekki phase 1 gate by 4.12pm. I was happy I concluded my business on time and that I would be able to escape the traffic buildup that happens between Victoria Island (VI), the third mainland bride and the mainland.
I was headed towards Ojodu Berger in Lagos Nigeria and I was pretty confident I could get to my destination in two hours latest.
I got to my destination past 8pm. I spent four solid hours on the road!
The traffic was just horrendous. The first challenge was getting from Lekki phase 1 gate to the Falomo bridge. I figured if I took the Falomo bridge I could cut off part of the third mainland bridge by passing through Awolowo Ikoyi.
Perhaps that was my mistake. Maybe I should have driven through VI.
The Lekki road has just been expanded. So, I was pretty confident there would be little or no traffic jam.
Boy was I wrong!
Hey, people, this kind of traffic jam frequently experienced in Lagos is totally unproductive.
Fours hours on the road . . . that is disheartening!
The following day I had pains all over. Now think about people who commute to work everyday on the Island and return in the thick of the traffic jam. Their lives must be miserable.
In my candid opinion, there are two lessons from this experience:
1. Road expansion (if the road is already four lanes or more) does not make traffic disappear. (The expansion of the Lekki Epe expressway has certainly not resulted in huge reduction in traffic jam situations) Instead, create alternative routes for motorists to disperse the traffic. (Why can't we have two more overhead bridges connecting VI to Ikoyi and Lekki to Ikoyi respectively?)
2. Create alternative means of transportation. Nigeria is over-dependent on road transportation. Why can't we have metro line, functional and efficient train lines that travel the entire city, and underground subways?
There is no doubt about it. Incessant and unnecessary traffic is bad for business.
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