A GRIDLOCK, which began late on Tuesday on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, has persisted, as motorists and commuters were stranded on Thursday.

The gridlock on Tuesday was caused by a 40-foot containerised trailer, which broke down at the diversion of Ibafo, causing the traffic to stretch to the long bridge for Lagos outbound commuters.

By Wednesday, the gridlock became worse, as commuters going to work early in the morning were stranded, following the traffic jam on the road. The heavy traffic build-up stretched late into the night, as most commuters were forced to abort their trips.

However, the traffic snarls on the road persisted on Thursday, as there was gridlock from Mowe to Berger for motorists heading for Lagos.

The situation, however, became chaotic when some VIPs and military vehicles resorted to driving against the traffic, facing Lagos outbound vehicles, which resulted in a face-off at Opic junction.

Despite pleas by policemen and officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) stationed at the Warewa and Opic junctions, the VIPs and military officials continued to drive against the traffic and this resulted in another gridlock that stretched to Alausa Secretariat for Lagos outbound vehicles.

A resident of Magboro, Adewunmi Aderibigbe, described the experience on the road in the last three days as harrowing for commuters living along the road.

He said: “I don’t know what we will enjoy from this government because they refuse to listen to the voice of reason. Complaints from commuters on the slow pace of work on the road coupled with the attitude of the contractors handling the road have fallen on deaf ears.”