Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, has declared toll free for motorists going and coming out of Lekki- Epe expressway and Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge during rush hours on Thursday.
The governor declared a toll-free passage at the toll plaza on Lekki-Epe Expressway and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and also at the peak period in the evening (4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.).
The governor disclosed this during a tour that followed a stakeholders’ meeting. The meeting focused on the regeneration of the Lekki-Oniru and parts of the Victoria Island as a solution to the perennial traffic gridlock and flooding issues around the Lekki and Ajah areas.
The objective, according to Governor Sanwo-Olu, is to allow traffic consultants to the government carry out a comprehensive study of traffic flow around Lekki-Ikoyi-Victoria Island axes, which is part of the initiatives the government is to diffuse vehicular gridlock.
The cost of the toll fees for the study period will be borne by the government, Mr Sanwo-Olu said.
“Tomorrow being Thursday, the toll plazas on the Ikoyi Link Bridge and Lekki-Epe Expressway will be left open between 6:30 am and 9:30 am in the morning and also between 4:30 pm and 8:00 pm in the evening,” said Mr Sanwo-Olu.
“This is to allow us to do a real simulation of a traffic study in these areas that usually witness a high density of vehicular movement daily.
“We are currently undertaking a traffic study with our experts, and we want to know where the traffic goes to when the tollgates are left open for steady movement. It is only when we do this activity at the peak hour that we will be able to understand how to deal with congestion in these places.”
Mr Sanwo-Olu said the undertaking was necessary for the government to take actions that would lead to a reduction of traffic on the axes by 50 per cent.
The resultant effect, he said, would lead to a decrease in travel time and improved productivity.
“Our government wants to bring about a quick journey time through our traffic solution. The way we want to do it is to have an online real-time study of what the issues are. We are going to analyse the dimension of observed challenges and discuss the next steps of the solution we are bringing,” the governor said.