22nd October, 2023
In a big relief for commuters ahead of the beginning of the workweek, the Federal Government on Sunday said it has concluded palliative works on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos after 24-hour closure of the facility.
The Federal Controller in of Works had on Thursday, announced a 24-hour closure of the bridge to allow for repairs of some critical portions of the important bridge.
The closure, took effect from midnight of Saturday till midnight of Sunday (today) to reduce the hardship being faced by motorists.
Speaking during the inspection of the repairs done on the facility on Sunday, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mrs Olukorede Kesha, assured motorists of smooth ride till the commencement of comprehensive rehabilitation in January 2024.
Kesha gave the assurance on Sunday during an on-the-spot assessment of the repairs on the bridge.
During the inspection, the controller stopped on various portions between Iyana-Oworo and Adeniji-Adele where remedial repairs had been done on a 9.7-kilometre stretch of the Lagos Island in-bound lane.
She stated that the construction done was just palliative works to keep the highway in good condition pending the comprehensive rehabilitation scheduled for January 2024.
“This repair is going to last beyond January; we don’t intend to do any work that will last only one or two months. Even by January, the road will still be good,” she said.
Kesha said that some of the components needed for the comprehensive rehabilitation works were being imported for the emergency repairs to begin.
She added that what the Federal Ministry of Works had been doing before now was attending to failed portions, adding that the comprehensive rehabilitation would involve total removal and replacement of the asphalt surface.
The controller added that damaged ramps and expansion joints would be replaced, in addition to the painting of the parapet walls and other major repairs.
According to her, the contract awarded for comprehensive rehabilitation of the bridge in January would last for six months, but would be divided into two segments of three months for each phase.
Kesha explained that the comprehensive repairs would give the infrastructure a new lease of life, after which the bridge would wear a new look.
She urged road users to continue to enjoy smooth ride on the highway, adding, however, that they should observe traffic and safety rules on the highway.
Meanwhile, some road users, who spoke with NAN, thanked President Bola Tinubu for the repairs, but called for more routine maintenance and increased funding for the bridge and other roads in Lagos.
Mr Adewale Edward, a commercial bus driver who plies Ikeja-CMS/Obalende route, commended the repairs done at the weekend which, he noted, was an off-peak period.
He, however, called for more regular maintenance and proactive measures to make the bridge pothole-free at all times.
A trader in Oke Koto, Agege area, Mrs Sadia Saleh, also praised the president for introducing short term repairs that would not impact activities and businesses negatively.
“Tinubu knows how to grow economy; that’s why he did the repairs after we had finished business on the Island on Saturday, and because people are plenty in Lagos, doing repairs on weekend is better.
“I like the one-day repair; government should be doing it like that at weekends and also at night. May God help our president,” she said.
Other road users also commended Tinubu and appealed for increased funding for federal road projects in the state.
NAN reports that the 11.8-kilometre bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland.
The bridge, which starts from Oworonshoki, linking Apapa-Oshodi expressway and Lagos-Ibadan expressway, ends at the Adeniji-Adele interchange on Lagos Island.
It was constructed in 1990 and adjudged as the longest bridge in Africa until 1996 when the construction of Oct. 6 Bridge in Cairo, Egypt, was completed.