Few days ago, we brought news to you that the Federal controller of Works in Lagos state announced that the Third Mainland Bridge would be shut for six months, from Friday, July 24 2020.
The Ministry of Works and Housing has just recently reaffirmed the news, saying that it would not back down on the plans to shut down the bridge.
The Controller of Works, Federal Ministry of Works, Mr. Olukayode Popoola, during a press conference said that the bridge was last reinstated in 2012 and it was important to make amendments now to prevent the bridge from collapsing.
Mr Olukayode said;
“We don’t want the bridge to collapse. We want to replace worn out components and joints. The bridge will be partially closed and there will be diversion of traffic from midnight to 1pm every morning for movement from Oworonsoki to Lagos Island only on the Lagos Island bound lane while from 1pm to midnight, it will be Lagos Island to Oworonsoki traffic only on the Lagos Island bound lane”.
He also revealed that the first three months would be used to carry out work on the part of the bridge coming from the Lagos Island to the Mainland, while work on the other portion of the bridge coming from Oworonsoki to Lagos Island would begin three months later.
He added that “Motorists are advised to also ply the alternative routes of Carter Bridge through Iddo to Oyingbo to join Adekunle ramp inward Oworonsoki, or from Ijora through Western Avenue to Ikorodu Road,”
The project is to run from July 24 2020 through January 2021.