Road decongestion is a major problem in urban and fast-growing cities. Looking at the sheer numbers of road users this gives serious concerns, especially If the available road facilities are not well managed.
Road decongestion as been a herculean task that has defiled many possible solutions in Lagos state. Traveling around the Megacity is not only painstakingly time-consuming, but it is also minded draining. Businesses suffer huge losses, which invariably affects also affect the economic growth in the state as well as Nigeria in general.
The current close down of the 3rd Mainland bridge due to repair works, as cause untold hardship in the lives of Lagosian who usually ply that route to the island. The alternative Ikorodu road now bears the brunt of the traffic.
Road users are always stuck on the full stretch of the road from Ojuelegba, through Stadium, Costain to Apongbon. The trucks who ply the same route to the Apapa wharf usually takes more than 60 percent of the road.
The road from Ijora-Olopa, through Ijora-seven up, has become a trailer park, for the large number of trucks who are headed to the Apapa Wharf to ferry out containers. The roads within Apapa are in a sorry state. From Marine Bridge to Barracks bus stop down to the Tincan gate is a no go area.
The motorists who ply the Oshodi-Apapa and Lagos-Badagry expressway are not spared from the troubles of container trailers trucks that fill the road. From Ijesha to Mile 2, one is already faced with trucks challenge. On getting to Mile 2, you would have joined the tail of the container trucks which stretches from Tincan 2nd Gates, through Coconut and Berger to Mile 2.
Over the years the problems of the traffic situation and the deplorable state of Lagos road have been attributed to the large numbers of containers trucks plying the roads, and road decongestion in the state cannot be effectively carried out without first address the menace of container transportation within and out of the State.
The terrible and non-motorable state of many roads in Lagos state is a huge concern. The activities of containers trailer truck drivers on the road as also resulted in avoidable accidents that have taken numerous lives. With the raining season, this has created a pitiable state on Lagos roads.
Successive Lagos state government has put road decongestion as a crucial part of their policies. The Sanwo-Olu led Lagos government has embarked on massive reconstruction and repair of the failed portion of roads, especially within the Apapa, Tincan, Mile 2 routes.
The government has started to employ other methods and means of transporting the containers from the Apapa Wharf to Terminals within and outside the State. Just recently the Lagos state government and the Federal government reintroduced the use of the railway to move containers from the ports. This method has seen a considerable drop in the number of container trucks on the roads, therefore, improving road decongestion.
In a bid to continue on the path of road decongestion, Lagos state has started to adopt the use of its waterways to transport containers from the Apapa and Tincan Port.
Lagos state has a large expanse of waterways that connect most parts of the states, using the waterways to transport containers would not only help improve road decongestion, but it would also open up new economic opportunities.