By Okwy Iroegbu-Chikezie and Ambrose Nnaji
The Federal Government on Wednesday announced the completion of the first phase in the rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos and a planned 18 hours total closure of the bridge.
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Olukayode Popoola, announced this during the inspection of the bridge.
He said the fixing of six expansion joints on the Oworonshoki-bound carriageway had been completed.
The controller praised road users for their patience.
Popoola said debris would be cleared from the section and construction would move to the Island-bound carriageway, warranting a total closure of the bridge for another 18 hours.
The controller said the 18-hour closure would begin from midnight on Saturday through Sunday to move construction materials to the new portion and return to the partial closure before Monday morning.
He said by midnight of Sunday, the total closure would be removed and the partial closure would return, which gives priority for huge traffic in and out of the Island.
“The diversions will still be at the same previous points. Work is to commence on the Island-bound lane of the bridge with the partial closure of Adekunle to Adeniji Adele Phase B.
“The repair work is to begin between November 22, 2020 and February 22, 2021, for a duration of three months.
“Consequently, Adekunle to Adeniji-Adele part of the bridge on the Island-bound lane, measuring 3.5 Kilometres, will be partially closed throughout the period of repair works and there will be diversion of traffic,” Popoola said.
He listed the traffic diversion timings and routes which had not changed from the existing schedule given by the traffic regulatory agencies when the construction started in July.
Popoola explained that rehabilitation works on the first section dragged for additional one month beyond October due to slowdown caused by the EndSARS protests and increased rainfall.