Governor Seyi Makinde has approved the contract for the execution of the junction improvement works at Challenge Roundabout and Felele/Idi-Odo Junction to Messrs Planet Project Limited at the cost of N2,538,856,913.36.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, who made this known, said that the project would ensure the installation of an intelligent transportation system, which, he said, includes intelligent traffic signals, traffic signal installation, traffic signs, anti-finger metal security fence and other infrastructural systems with control room and coordination traffic signal devices.
According to him, the system would serve as a major catalyst for traffic solutions at the Challenge, Felele/Idi-Odo junctions.
The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Barrister Adeniyi Farinto, in his contribution, said that the Council granted approval for the rehabilitation and construction of two link roads at Akobo area of Ibadan at the cost of N69 million.
He said that the project would be executed through Direct Labour by the Oyo State Transport and Road Management Agency (OYSTROMA) and that it is expected to be completed within two months.
According to Farinto, the two link roads include the one linking the Ojoo Expressway, beside the General Gas-Akobo Bridge, while the second link road is the one beside the NNPC Mega station, saying the importance of the project is to bring relief to road users constantly facing traffic gridlock along the Akobo-Ojurin Federal Road.
He said: “The contract is to be executed through the direct labour efforts of OYSTROMA, and it is to cost N69,170,431.72. The execution of the contract will commence soon and it is expected to be completed within two months.”