Expanding safety nets with pedestrian bridges

Expanding safety nets with pedestrian bridges

WHEN the Ojodu-Berger pedestrian bridge was opened penultimate Wednesday, its impact was almost instantaneous. Pedestrians, who hitherto, usually dashed across the busy Ojodu-Berger end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, rushed to use the life-saving bridge without coercion.

The decision to build the bridge was not unconnected with the high rate of mortality usually recorded on the road. Its construction rode on the cancellation of the Sangisha-Secretariat overhead bridge by the government.

On many occasions, commuters were crushed by speeding vehicles on the expressway. In one of such accidents, an aged woman, who got the tip of her wrapper entangled to a mini bus, was crushed beyond recognition as she was dragged for several metres on the road before her remains were recovered under the vehicle’s tyres…Read more

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