27 July 2020. Voice of Nigeria: Maintenance and rehabilitation work has commenced on the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge, the second- longest bridge in Africa.
The bridge which starts from Oworonshoki and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island was partially closed for repairs on Friday July 24,2020.
Before now,there have been reports about some weak joints of the bridge, which has raised some serious safety concerns for road users.
Director, Highway Bridges Construction, Oluropo Oyetunde while briefing journalists at the commencement of the repair work on the bridge, said the rehabilitation of the bridge became imperative due to failing of damaged portions.
Mr Oyetade who acknowledged that the closure of the bridge will not bring hardship on Lagosians and Commuters due to measures put in place, said there was no other way to carry out the maintenance work without closing it partially.
He said the rehabilitation exercise has began with the removal of expansion joints with exhuming of asphalt that connect the bridge together.
According to him, all the rotten and damaged irons on expansion joints would be replaced with modern joints, we cannot afford to rebuild it if we allow it to totally collapse. Infrastructure must be maintained. After the work is done, we will have a better driving experience on the bridge
Director, Highway Bridges and Design, Emmanuel Adeoye, said the maintenance work would be done on the bridge, aside the known ones, would be directed by engineers involved.
He said alternative routes had been provided to divert traffic from the bridge during the six-month maintenance period.
Some of the routes he mentioned include: Iddo inwards Carter Bridge, Market road inwards Herbert Macaulay road and Herbert Macaulay road by Abeokuta Street as well as Herbert Macaulay by Cemetery and Apapa road inwards Oyingbo.
According to him, the first phase of the rehabilitation, would focus on Oworonshoki inwards Lagos Island in the morning with traffic diversion from midnight to 1p.m. and then Lagos Island inwards Oworonshoki where traffic would be diverted in the afternoon from 1p.m. to midnight.
He urged motorists who do not have urgent assignments on the island during the rehabilitation to avoid the area to discourage the influx of vehicular movements that may lead to more chaos on the roads.
It would be recalled that the partial closure and rehabilitation exercise on the Lagos third mainland bridge would last for six months from 24th July,2020 to January 2021.