As part of the on-going repair on the Third Mainland Bridge, the Federal Government, on Wednesday, said that the Adeniji Adele and Adekunle section of the 3rd mainland bridge would be completely shut for two days starting from Friday, October 9, 2020.
It would be recalled that FG, with Lagos State Government, close and started a phased repair works on the 11.8km bridge, exactly on July 24, 2020.
The Federal Controller of Works, Joshua Popoola, who made the announced this in a statement, said that a section of the bridge would be closed from midnight of Friday, October 9 to midnight of Sunday, October 11 to allow workers to complete the first stage of casting works. as stated by Joshua Popoola, “the contractor currently carrying out repair works on the bridge is nearing completion of works on the closed section of Third Mainland Bridge and requires the total closure of both bounds of the bridge between Adeniji Adele and Adekunle to complete work. “The total closure of this section of the bridge is to ensure that there is no vibration on the bridge during the casting in-place of the newly installed expansion joints. This is to allow for the setting of the special concrete, which allows the concrete to achieve its required compressive strength.” He said, “Due to the number of expansion joints to be cast on the closed section of the bridge and the traffic situation in Lagos State, especially during the weekdays; the casting of the expansion joints will be in two stages to ensure that the total closure is only at the weekends when there is less traffic plying the route.”
“The section of the bridge between Adekunle and Iyana – Oworo will still remain open, and traffic can move from Ebute-Metta/ Adekunle to Iyana – Oworo, and vice – versa,“ he said. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, however, assured residents not to panic, as the adequate arrangement has been made to ensure seamless vehicular movement. According to Omotoso, “Do not forget that at the beginning of repair works, residents’ panicked over possible gridlock with attendant hardship but it turned out not to be so at the end of the day.” “There are alternative routes for motorists. We are working in collaboration with other Federal agencies such as Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Police, and also Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, to ensure effective and efficient traffic management during the closure. There is no cause for the alarm.” He said.