Third Mainland Bridge closure: Lagosians lament hardship on alternative routes

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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.

Third Mainland Bridge on Friday morning


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:

  1. Those coming from Lagos-Abeokuta, Agege, Ogba and Ikeja are to make use of Oshodi via Mushin Ojuelegba to connect Carter Bridge into Island
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

An alternative route

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:

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