The Governor Ibikunle Amosun led administration in Ogun State has completed two flyover bridges in Abeokuta, the state capital. The bridges are in Itoku and Sapon in Abeokuta South local government area.
Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure said that the two bridges would be opened to users soon, making three bridges completed by the present administration within three years in office.
“The flyover bridges were constructed to tackle the incessant traffic bottleneck often experienced around the two areas considered as the commercial nerve centres of the State capital. The construction of flyover bridges and roads across the State will ensure an increase in socio-economic activities, as well as reduction in the incessant traffic bottleneck experienced daily by commuter,” Adegbite said.
He stated further that the two bridges constructed along the 9km Brewery-OGTV road was still under construction.
“The huge investment of the administration on road infrastructure is not only to beautify the State and curtail road accidents, but to also open up and properly position it for investors,” the Commissioner noted.
Meanwhile, the State Bureau of Transportation (BOT) has commenced the installation of Intelligent Traffic Signal (ITS)
on its new roads to ensure the safe monitoring through adequate traffic management and control.
The Senior Special Assistant, SSA to the Governor on Transportation, Gbenga Opesanwo, revealed this in Abeokuta. He explained that the ITS would help in reducing time being wasted in traffic grid lock across the metropolis compared to the semi-automated lights used in the past.
“We have completed the pilot phase of the deployment of ITS lights. These lights have cameras and sensors which detect the density of traffic and manage it accordingly. These components are also expandable and can be used for sundry purposes, including addressing security issues that may arise,” he said.
The SSA underscored the importance of data collection and management in transportation, saying that the passenger-flow-pattern and travel demand were now being regularly conducted.
According to him, “the information captured is to be shared amongst relevant ministries, departments and agencies, including security agencies as may be necessary. For instance, we observed a 12.3 per cent increase in vehicular traffic within the state capital in a three month period between August and November 2013,” Opesanwo explained.
He added that 73,000 motorcyclists have been captured in the Bureau data base, using the platform of the Riders Card Scheme.
Opesanwo said the agency would exploit other modes of transportation, while the riverine areas would receive some form of intervention.
He gave an assurance that the Bureau would continue to improve on the quality of its personnel through capacity building to ensure accelerated development in the sector.