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The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State has announced that resident in Lagos are getting concerned about the proposed closure of the third mainland bridge in the city.
It was announced earlier this month that the bridge will be close for repairs from July 24, 2020 to January 24, 2021 as the government is left with no option than to close the bridge.
Fashola, Aliyu at The Special Meeting with Road Maintenance and Traffic Management Agencies to Discuss The Traffic Diversion/Provision of Alternative Routes for Ease of Movement for Road Users within Lagos Metropolis During The Partial Closure of The Third Mainland Bridge pic.twitter.com/oHR5dAMG8e
— Federal Ministry of Works & Housing (@FMWHNIG) July 17, 2020
Speaking to the media, The controller, Engineer Olukayode Popoola said the federal government was not unconscious of the closure of the Eko Bridge, explaining that the contract for repair of the Third Mainland Bridge had been awarded since 2018 and would elapse by August this year.
He further stated that the repairs should have been carried out during the COVID-19 lockdown but many people, including the contractors, were home with their families for fear of contracting the virus.
The closure will be partial as work will begin on one lane, while the other lane will be free for traffic. Meanwhile, each lane will be closed for a period of three months as the Ikorodu road will be used as an alternative once the work there is done.
Maintenance of Kano Street by @LSPWC_Official (One of the Alternative Routes to Third Mainland Bridge) .. in preparation for the partial closure. @LASGWorks#ForAGreaterLagos pic.twitter.com/02AErGRjjk
— Gboyega Akosile (@gboyegaakosile) July 16, 2020
The idea of a fourth mainland bridge is still an ongoing discussion, yet there are no visible actions. This proposed closure for maintenance works questions the sustainability of the third mainland bridge going into the future. We hope government is making the right decision for a busy city as Lagos.
"@TheNationNews: The Federal Government on Tuesday insisted that the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed for six months for repairs, beginning from the midnight of July 24.https://t.co/8VphLoHLha @Gidi_Traffic pic.twitter.com/FnMC8KnZPZ
— GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) July 8, 2020