The temporary closure of the Third Mainland Bridge to allow for a three-day investigative maintenance test began last night with strong indications that serious hardship awaits motorists and other road users in Lagos.
According to Vanguard, most of the alternative routes announced by the Lagos State Government are currently blocked by trucks.
The designated alternative routes by Lagos State Government are:
- Those coming from Lagos-Abeokuta, Agege, Ogba and Ikeja are to make use of Oshodi via Mushin Ojuelegba to connect Carter Bridge into Island
- Those from Ikorodu, Maryland are to make use of Funsho Williams Avenue, formerly, Western Avenue via Yaba to Oyinbo and connect Eko Bridge into Island.
- Motorists from Okokomaiko, Festac, Oshodi-Apapa Expressway are enjoined to ply through Ajegunle via Marine Bridge to Ijora to connect Carter Bridge to Apongbon into Lagos Island.
- Conversely, motorists from the Island are expected to ply Eko Bridge and Carter Bridge into Mainland, while those in Lekki Ajah can also make use of Epe axis through Imota into Ikorodu.
However, accessibility remains a big factor in routes bordering Okokomaiko, Festac, Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Ajegunle via Marine Bridge to Ijora, and Carter Bridge to Apongbon into Lagos Island as the areas are still choked by hundreds of illegally parked tankers and container-laden trucks.
Meanwhile, Lagosians who stay on one side of the city and had to cross over to the other side to work or do some other things have begun to react to the closure, with many lamenting the stress they had to go to with the extremely heavy traffic on alternative routes. Many have taken to Twitter to talk about their experiences.
See some tweets below:
This third mainland bridge closure is pure torture. I stood at the bus stop for an hour before I got a bus. And now we are stuck in traffic. And to think I left the house past 6am. Kini gbogbo eleyi gan! 🤦🤦🤦
— OMOLOLA 👑 (@bammylola) August 24, 2018
😩this third mainland bridge repairs be causing mad traffic everywhere..being trekking from jibowu to oyingbo for the past 30 mins 😪
— therealist (@david_okonji) August 24, 2018
You plan to close the third mainland bridge and the main alternative route is occupied by tankers and heavy duty trucks and no plan to remove them, it goes no show how insensitive this government is.
— Erusiafe Aghogho (@ErusiafeA) August 20, 2018
Third mainland bridge closure..
Ikorodu to idumota– 4 hours and seconds still ticking
We are in hot pepper soup in Lagos for the next 3 days
— Dowsky (@dowphy) August 24, 2018