Monday, July 16, 2018 5.00PM / Proshare WebTV
Nigeria’s longest bridge the Third Mainland , which connects Lagos Island to the Mainland area will be closed for 3 days to undergo maintenance assessment, from July 27th.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), in an interview with Channels Television this morning in Abuja.
The Minister made this statement to clarify reports on the timeline for the planned maintenance work to be carried out on the bridge.
Mr Fashola said the closure will enable the contractors to carry out real-time assessment of the bridge and ascertain the level of maintenance work and repairs that will be required.
During the period of closure alternative routes and diversions will be provided for commuters, with coordination from Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Officials of the Federal Ministry of Works amongst others.
The Minister of Works speaking further shared that since its commissioning in 1990, the bridge which has been due for maintenance work, which was key to guaranteeing the safety of motorists plying the route daily.
He noted that it was after the assessment of the bridge, that a decision will be taken on the time frame to totally close the bridge for repairs.
The Third Mainland Bridge is one of the single largest infrastructure projects to be initiated and completed in Nigeria, and is the busiest bridge in Nigeria.
It was constructed by Julius Berger construction company and is an 8-lane bridge with the length of 11.8km and the second longest bridge in Africa.