The Third Mainland Bridge which was temporarily closed for Investigative Maintenance Test, reopens by 5pm on Sunday as announced by the Lagos State Government.
In a statement released by Dr. Taiwo Salaam, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, the Lagos State Government stated that the decision to reopen the bridge earlier than announced followed the completion of the test by engineers. Motorists and residents were also thanked for their cooperation and patience while the closure lasted.
The reopening is coming after Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr. Adedamola Kuti, on Friday disclosed that tests on 15 expansion joints on the Third Mainland Bridge have been completed. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the 11.8km bridge was closed to traffic on the midnight of August 23 for investigative maintenance tests, which are expected to last for three days from the morning of August 24 to the morning of August 26.
According to Kuti, much progress was made in testing some expansion joints on the bridge during the day.
“We made significant progress today (Friday). With good weather, we would continue tomorrow by the grace of God.
“The expansion joints are many, so, we have to pick them one after the other and the test is being conducted on each of them.
“We have done about 14 or 15 today, ” he said but did not disclose the total number of expansions joints to be tested.
It was further gathered that transporters seized the opportunity of congestion on outbound sections of Eko and Apongbon Bridges at the close of work, to make brisk businesses by increasing fares.
NAN reports that outbound traffic from the Island was heavy on both bridges with the congestion extending to Ojuelegba on the Funso Williams Avenue. Officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, Federal Road Safety Corps and the Police were seen directing traffic and stationed their patrol teams on the bridges.