The shutdown is to enable the building of a flyover bridge to start in earnest.
To ease the problems of users of the road, the Lagos State government announced several diversions, for traffic coming from Abraham Adesanya and Epe, Ado-Badore and Victoria Garden City.
Here is the full statement issued by Engineer Ganiyu Johnson, the commissioner for works
“The Lagos State Government, through the contractor, Messrs Hitech Construction Company Ltd., has commenced the construction of Ajah reinforced concrete flyover. This bridge, on completion, will alleviate the traffic gridlocks been experienced by motorists in Ajah and its environs.
“From Tuesday, 7th June, 2016, vehicular movement in and around Ajah round about will be disallowed.
“As part of the traffic management strategies to minimise the effects of the closure on motorists during the construction period, the following diversion/alternative roads are available for use.
1. MAIN DIVERSION/BYPASS: The newly constructed 2-lane dual carriageway running between the existing carriageway of the Eti Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway and the fence of the Royal Garden Estate shall serve as the main diversion in both directions.
2. ALTERNATIVE ROUTE OUTWARD LEKKI SCHEME 1 INWARD AJAH ROUNDABOUT:
i. Turn off Eti Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway at Ilaje Bus Stop, on to Mobil road to connect the road network within Lekki Scheme II to Ogombo road and return to the Expressway at Abraham Adesanya roundabout.
ii. Turn off at Ikota 1st Gate Bus Stop on to Gbola Gas road after Mega Chicken to link Mobil road, connect the road network within Lekki Scheme II to Ogombo road and return to the Expressway at Abraham Adesanya roundabout.
3. ALTERNATIVE ROUTE OUTWARD ABRAHAM ADESANYA ESTATE INWARD AJAH ROUNDABOUT:
i. Turn off Thomas Estate road to Kemfat road after Ajiwe Police Station on to Modupe Young Street to connect Ado-Badore road.
ii. Turn off St. Gregory road beside PHCN Substation on to Modupe Young Street to link Ado-Badore road.
4. ALTERNATIVE ROUTE OUTWARD ADO-BADORE ROAD INWARD AJAH ROUNDABOUT:
i. Turn off Ado-Badore road to link Market/Aiyetoro road and connect Eti Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway at Berger Bus Stop/Ikota Junction.
“This notice serves as awareness information on the closure of the Ajah intersection. Motorists and other road users are therefore advised to use any of the diversion roads. The Lagos State Government appeals for caution and cooperation from all road users by obeying all traffic regulations and ensuring free flow of traffic during the construction period.
“Finally, the State Government, while regretting any inconvenience, has directed all relevant agencies to ensure free flow of traffic”.