FG to Shut Third Mainland Bridge for Six Months

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 06 – The Federal Government is set to shut the Third Mainland Bridge for six months starting from Friday, July 24.

Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola confirmed this on Monday adding that consultations are ongoing for another phase of repair works to begin on the 11.8km bridge.

According to Popoola, the work will commence on the outward mainland section of the bridge, and the ministry is working with relevant agencies to perfect traffic during the period.

“We are still working out the modalities and when we perfect the traffic management plan we will move to site. Everything being expected for the repairs of the bridge arrived the country that is why we want to start the repairs now”, he explained.

The bridge has gone through a series of repair works and was last shut in August 2018 for a three-day investigative maintenance check.

There have also been reports of some worn-out expansion joints on the structure, raising concerns over the state of the bridge.

This development will force motorists in Lagos who ply the bridge to begin making arrangements for alternative routes as the already bad traffic situation in Lagos is likely to exacerbate and flow to the Carter and Eko Bridges.

Constructed in 1990, the bridge is one of the major links between the Lagos Mainland and Lagos Island, and perhaps, takes heavier traffic than the rest of the bridges.

It was formerly the longest bridge in Africa until 1996 when the 6th October Bridge in Cairo, Egypt, was completed.

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