All is now set for the successful outing of the now annual Lagos Marathon as the press conference of the Lagos City Marathon 2017 held today at the American Hall of the Eko Hotels and Suites.
Recall that the Lagos State Government on Wednesday 9 February 2017 announced the various alternative routes for motorists to tour as a result of the Marathon.
In its statement to the press, the Lagos State Government announced the deployment of about 3,ooo traffic officials to supervise and organize traffic along the various routes selected for the race.
The Lagos State acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofi Olanrewaju Elegushi also stated that the kickoff time at the National Stadium Surulere is 6:00 am to finish at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island.
Elegushi also served alternate routes for motorists in order to enhance the smooth sail of the race:
Motorists from Masha inward Stadium will be diverted to Shitta Roundabout for movement through Falolu and Adeniran Ogunsanya roads.
Motorists from Eko Bridge will also be diverted through Costain to join Ebute-Metta, Orile, Nigerian Breweries and Bode Thomas, while those from Alaka Estate will be diverted through Iponri.
He further said that motorists from Apapa, Orile-Iganmu to Funsho Williams will divert through Apapa Road to carry on with their trip
While movement will be allowed in Anthony ( by Theodolite Junction) and Ojota beyond Anthony by Theodolite Junction, traffic will be restricted inwards to Fadeyi, Ojuelegba and Stadium. No U-turn will be allowed between Ojuelegba and Stadium on Funsho Williams Avenue.
He stressed the need for restriction of movement from Stadium inward Anthony to allow for free passage for all marathoners.
On Apapa-Oshodi Expressway (Coming from Mile 2), motorists will have to divert through BOC Gases/ Armed Forces resettlement Center on the Service lane through Agege Motor Road. There will also be diversion through Town Planning Way before Anthony-Oke, while Gbagada inward 3rd mainland bridge will be shut down, as movement will be restricted on the road as well.
Motorist will also be diverted through Gbagada, Oworonsoki, Oshodi, Apapa Expressway from the Old Toll Gate to Alapere, Ogudu.
On the Island though, Ozumba Mbadiwe heading motorists from Ajah through Lekki will be diverted through Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1.
Motorists will also have to pass through Alexandra Road from Cable Bridge as Bourdillion Road will be shut down to traffic.
From Awolowo Road, traffic will also be diverted through Falomo Bridge to join Ozumba Mbadiwe while falomo Roundabout inwards Bourdillion will also be temporarily blocked. Akin Adesola inwards bar beach will also be blocked from traffic.
Motorists from Bonny Camp to Ozumba Mbadiwe will be diverted through Old Mr Biggs Junction to Kofo Abayomi Street.
On Security, the Special Assistant to Governor Akinwumi Ambode on Sports had earlier stated that adequate security has been put in place to ensure a hitch free exercise, and this was re-iterated by Mr Deji Tinubu, Special Adviser/ Chairman, Lagos Sports Commission today.
He also stressed the need for all the media team to support the marathon tomorrow, and that adequate preparation has been put in place to ensure that the race goes smoothly.
Enjoy the timelines of the pictures at the Press conference today: