15th October, 2021
The Lagos State Government said the traffic diversion on the Apapa/Oshodi Expressway will continue much longer than anticipated.
The completion date for the repairs of the airport bridge is now 30 October and not 3 October as earlier announced.
Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, explained that the extension would allow the concrete jacketing of the damaged bridge to achieve maximum strength before it is reopened.
Oladeinde assured that the main carriageway will be opened as soon as the process is completed.
He said a hasty reopening will be detrimental to the progress made in restoring the structure back to the optimum standard.
He stated that motorists will continue with the current traffic diversion plan involving the use of alternate lanes freed up by the contractors during the course of the rehabilitation.
He lauded the residents for their perseverance in the face of simultaneous construction works across the State.
He then appealed for more cooperation with the government and its agencies to speed up the completion time of ongoing projects and provide seamless traffic movement in Lagos.
The bridge was affected by the inferno that occurred in January 2021 as a result of the explosion of a loaded PMS tanker.