As the Third Mainland Bridge renovation is nearing completion, the Federal Government has announced its plan to completely close a section of the bridge for a 3-day repair work.
The shutdown, to begin from the night of Friday, October 9th till Sunday, October 11th, is to ensure there are no more vibration on the bridge amongst other distractions.
The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Joshua Popoola, revealed that the construction of the bridge has reached its casting stage, thus, it is paramount that there are no vehicular movement. He also explained that the bridge would be closed twice to ensure the successful casting of the bridge, however, the second closing will be announced at a later date.
“The total closure of the section between Adekunle and Adeniji Adele will take place from midnight of Friday, October 9 to midnight of Sunday, October 11 to allow the contractor complete the first stage of casting works.
“The contractor currently carrying out repairs on the bridge, Messrs Borini Prono & Co. (Nig.) Ltd. is nearing completion of works on the closed section of Third Mainland Bridge and requires the total closure of both bounds of the bridge between Adeniji Adele and Adekunle to complete the work.
“The total closure of this section of the bridge is to ensure that there is no vibration on the bridge during the casting in-place of the newly installed expansion joints. This is to allow for setting of the special concrete, which allows the concrete to achieve its required compressive strength,” the statement read in part.
“Due to the number of expansion joints to be cast on the closed section of the bridge and the traffic situation in Lagos, especially during week days, the casting of the expansion joints would be in two stages to ensure that the total closure is only at weekends, when there is less traffic plying the route.
“The second total closure of the section of the bridge would be communicated at a later date. The section between Adekunle and Iyana-Oworo would still remain open, and traffic could move from Ebute-Metta/Adekunle to Iyana-Oworo and vice versa.”
The controller, Mr Poopola, apologised for the inconvenience the closing of the bridge would cause travellers, promising that traffic management personnel would be in place on all alternative routes to aid traffic flow.