• Wednesday, July 24, 2024
businessday logo

BusinessDay

Trailer Park on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway ready January ending

businessday-icon

The trailer park being constructed as an accompaniment of the rehabilitation work on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway in Lagos is ready and will be put to use as from the end of this month, the Federal Government has assured.

Contract for the construction of the park was awarded to Borini Prono, the Italian construction company, about four years ago with the aim of providing a parking facility that would take away over 300 tankers and trailers off the expressway where their drivers park them with little or no consideration for other road users and the environment.

An official of the Federal Ministry of Works who did not want to be named disclosed to BusinessDay that the parking facility, located directly opposite the Tin Can Island Port’s gates 1 & 2, would be leased to the Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) for effective management on behalf of the Federal Government.

According to the official, the park would be thrown open to trailers as soon as the necessary documentations were perfected with RTEAN, stressing that “the park might be open for use before the end of the month because we are also as concerned about the gridlock on the expressway as the road users”.

“We would have waited for the entire park to be ready, but we have to take it in phases because we can’t afford another two to three months of waiting for the contractor”, the official added.

When BusinessDay visited the park on Tuesday, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that the German flooring has been completed waiting to receive trailers while the police station building which will enhance the security of the users of the park is receiving finishing touches. Also being completed is the convenience building sited near the lagoon.

It was observed that the road network within the park has been marshalled out, while private security personnel engaged by the contractor to which the contract was awarded are on ground to ward off unwanted intruders.