26th June, 2012
The Lagos State Government is to deploy 500 officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, to man alternative routes during the period of the repair of the Third Mainland Bridge.
Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa disclosed this on Tuesday in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria during a chat with journalists.
Opeifa said the LASTMA officers would direct traffic at Murtala Muhammed Way, Ikorodu Road, Agege Motor Road, Ijora interchange, Oshodi interchange and Ojota interchange, routes that would provide alternative to the Third Mainland Bridge.
The commissioner said the state government was ready to manage the traffic challenge that would arise as a result the rehabilitation exercise.
According to him, there is no cause for alarm as government will be on top of the situation.
Opeifa said during the repair which would begin on 1 July to November ending, vehicles coming from Lagos Island to the Mainland between 12 midnight and 12 noon would divert at Adeniji Adele to connect Carter Bridge at Iddo Junction and link Herbert Macaulay Way, Apapa or the Eko Bridge to Funso Williams Avenue to Ikorodu Road or Ijora through Wharf to Apapa-Oshodi Expressway to Ikeja.
The commissioner also explained that after 12 noon, vehicles from Lagos Island were free to ply the Third Mainland Bridge to Ikeja and vice versa.
He said that during the early morning rush from the Mainland to the Island, vehicles were free to ply the Third Mainland Bridge, adding that in the evening rush from Victoria Island to Ikeja, vehicles were free to use the bridge.
Opeifa, however, stated that traffic chaos should be expected in the first week of the partial closure of the bridge, but noted that LASTMA would be on top of the situation.
He justified the duration the repair works on the bridge would last, saying that in some countries some repair works last for two years.
By Kazeem Ugbodaga