- The Third Mainland Bridge is set to undergo a test after it maintenance
- The Lagos state government has called for cooperation among residents during the period of the testing - August 23 to August 26
- The state commissioenr for works and infrastrcuture said the test will enable the contractors assess the true state of the bridge after which works would commence by the end of the year or early in 2019
The Lagos state Government has said that the Third Mainland Bridge will be temporarily shut down for from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26, 2018 for Investigative Maintenance Test to be carried out.
The state’s commissioner for works and infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya, in a statement on Sunday, August 19, appealed for the cooperation, support and understanding of all motorists and residents during the closure.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commissioner said the decision for the four-day closure was reached after consultations with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
The four-day closure, according to Akinsanya, will enable the contractors assess the true state of the bridge after which works would commence by the end of the year or early in 2019.
He said that the federal government had earlier announced plans to shut the bridge in July, but postponed it in order to have wider consultation with the state government and other relevant stakeholders to avert gridlock.
Akinsanya said: “The 3rd Mainland Bridge which was opened about 30 years ago by the then military government has had haphazard maintenance and repairs in the past which the present Federal Government is committed to correct by carrying out proper and continuous maintenance and repairs on it.”
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The commissioner said that all traffic management agencies had been mandated to ensure smooth
flow of traffic on all alternative routes across the metropolis to ensure free flow of traffic.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal controller of works, Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, said that the emergency rehabilitation/maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge project would begin on July 27.
Kuti said that the repair works on the bridge would be staggered over a period of 27 months and would be handled by Borini Prono Construction Company.
A meeting was convened by the ministry for stakeholders to brainstorm on effective traffic diversion and management to prevent gridlocks during the period.
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