The Lagos State Government has announced that the Third Mainland Bridge would be temporarily shut down for four days starting from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26 for “investigative maintenance test” to be carried out.
The decision which was taken after due consultation with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, was announced in a statement released by the Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya.
While the state government appealed for the cooperation, support and understanding of all motorists and residents, advising them to minimize non-essential travel and movements during the four-day closure, the four-day closure, according to Akinsanya, will enable the contractors assess the true state of the bridge after which repair works would commence by the end of the year or early in 2019.
“The Third Mainland Bridge which was opened about 30 years ago by the then military government has had haphazard maintenance and repairs in the past which the present Federal Government is committed to correct by carrying out proper and continuous maintenance and repairs on it,” said Akinsanya.
Akinsanya said all traffic management agencies including the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Police, among others, have been mandated to ensure smooth flow of traffic on all the other alternative roads and traffic corridor across the metropolis to ensure free flow of traffic.
Nigeria’s Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, had on Friday also disclosed that the Third Mainland Bridge will be shut for repair at the end of this month. Fashola stated this while speaking at an interactive session with members of the public at the City Hall in Lagos Island on Friday.
“The Third Mainland Bridge will be shut at the end of this month. The specific dates I will get our media people to deal with so that nobody will go and report that it is going to be shut for 27 months (laugh). We are going to shut it first for I think at least three days.
“Those days will be in August for inspection, just to be sure that what we saw when we were procuring has not been materially altered.
“When it is going to be shut for repairs, we will come back to let the state government and the citizens know. Between now and that period, we expect to have started construction work on Apapa-Oworonsoki road,” the Minister said.