The federal government in collaboration with the Lagos State government has resolve to shut down two sections of the third Lagos mainland bridge which are the Adeniji Adele and Adekunle section for two days. This is due to the on-going repair works on the Bridge. The shut down is said to commence on Friday, October 9, 2020.
This was made known by the Lagos State Federal Controller of works,Joshua Popoola in a statement in which he said that the section of the bridge would be closed from midnight of Friday, October 9 to midnight of Sunday, October 11
“the contractor currently carrying out repair works on the bridge is nearing completion of works on the closed section of Third Mainland Bridge and requires the total closure of both bounds of the bridge between Adeniji Adele and Adekunle to complete work.
“The total closure of this section of the bridge is to ensure that there is no vibration on the bridge during the casting in-place of the newly installed expansion joints. This is to allow for setting of the special concrete, which allows the concrete to achieve its required compressive strength.”
“Due to the number of expansion joints to be cast on the closed section of the bridge and the traffic situation in Lagos State, especially during the week days; the casting of the expansion joints will be in two stages to ensure that the total closure is only at the weekends, when there is less traffic plying the route.”
“The section of the bridge between Adekunle and Iyana – Oworo will still remain open, and traffic can move from Ebute-Metta/ Adekunle to Iyana – Oworo and vice – versa,“ said the Controller of works.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, has assured the resident that the latest arrangement will not affect their regular activities as adequate plans have been made to ensure seamless vehicular movement, just as it was six months ago when the Federal Government shut and commenced phase repair works on the 11.8km bridge precisely on July 24, 2020
“Do not forget that at the beginning of repair works, residents’ panicked over possible gridlock with attendant hardship but it turned out not to be so at the end of the day.”
“There are alternative routes for motorists. We are working in collaboration with other Federal agencies such as Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Police, and also Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, to ensure effective and efficient traffic management during the closure. There is no cause for the alarm”, he said.