Two major overhead bridges in Lagos metropolis at Jibowu – Yaba and Costain – Surulere, are to be demolished to give way to the new rail line being constructed by the Federal Government in the state.
The Federal government has also said that it will complete the construction of the Itakpe-Warri Standard Gauge Railway line by June next year.
These disclosures were made by the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi at Papalanto in Ogun State after the inspection of the on-going construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway line.
The Minister noted that provision had been made in the 2018 budget for the completion of the project meant to facilitate the movement of goods across the country.
He further said that the completion of the project would boost the manufacturing of steel at the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill.
Regarding the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway line he noted that the acquisition of the Right of Way would be completed by January next year while the laying of tracks would commence by April 2018.
According to him, there have been various challenges faced in the clearing of the Right of Way such as gas pipelines, water logged terrains, high tension electricity wires and overhead bridges adding that discussions were on-going with the relevant agencies and organizations with a view to relocate the pipelines and reconstruct the bridges as the case may be.
He disclosed that already, the Lagos state government has approved the demolition of the Jibowu and Costain flyovers to pave way for the construction of the standard gauge railway line.
Amaechi posited that prior to the demolition of the flyover at Jibowu a new bridge will be constructed by the contractors of the Rail project while traffic will be diverted at Costain.