- The Third Mainland Bridge has been temporarily shut down for an investigative maintenance test
- The bridge was shut down on Thursday midnight, August 23, after it was earlier announced by the Lagos state government
- The minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, was at the bridge to supervise the closure
The Third Mainland Bridge on Thursday, August 23, temporarily shut down for an investigative maintenance test following an earlier announcement by the Lagos state government.
Channel TV reports that different government agencies and officials including the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, were at the bridge to supervise the closure.
According to the government, the bridge closure is to allow for investigative maintenance test on the bridge before embarking on proper repairs later.
The bridge is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland, the others are the Eko and Carter bridges.
The state government, however, appealed for the cooperation, support and understanding of all motorists and residents, and also advised them to minimise non-essential travel and movements during the four-day closure.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported the federal controller of works, Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, in Lagos said the emergency rehabilitation/maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge project would begin on July 27.
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Kuti disclosed this at stakeholders’ meeting at the Ministry of Works office in Lagos. He 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.
The 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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