FG To Close Third Mainland Bridge For Repairs

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The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, today stated that consultations had begun for the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for repairs.

Kuti explained that the Ministry of Works would hold a meeting with stakeholders tomorrow to discuss how to manage traffic during the repairs but the not state when the bridge would be closed or for how the repairs would take

He listed the stakeholders that will be at the meeting to discuss the repair work that would be carried out on the bridge to include traffic regulatory agencies, transport unions, truck owners and drivers’ unions, law enforcement agents, among others.

According to him, “The Federal Executive Council has approved the maintenance work on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State. The project has taken off already and in carrying out the work, we may at certain times be shutting down the bridge for maintenance. At the moment we may begin with tests on the bridge, so, we may shut it by 12 midnight on Thursday and carry out tests and some repairs and open it to traffic by midnight on Sunday.’’

He added that six other damaged bridges across the state were already undergoing maintenance and rehabilitation.

“We have contracts on maintenance of some of the bridges in Lagos. We are completing maintenance work on the expansion joints on the Coconut Bridge. We are expecting the contractor to start work on the Independence Bridge in Lagos. There is repair work going on currently on the Apapa Bridge, that is, Ijora/Leventis Bridge. “Maintenance work is ongoing on the Ijora-7up Bridge, we are also changing the expansion joints.”

He continued, “On the bridge around the National Stadium area, we are putting covers to all the stolen manholes, we are replacing the steel covers from stadium to Contain.”

Speaking further, Kuti stated that some tests had been carried out on the Otedola Bridge, whose surface was recently burnt during a tanker fire in the state, adding that the tests revealed that the bridge was safe for use and that the contractors would soon attend to the bridge.

 

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