by JOSHUA BASSEY
Federal Government has begun consultations towards the closure of Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, to allow for the rehabilitation of some sections of the bridge.
The federal controller of works in Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday, saying the ministry of works was planning a meeting with stakeholders today to discuss how to manage traffic during the repairs.
He, however, did not specify the exact date the bridge would be closed to traffic or how long the repairs would last.
According to Kuti, stakeholders attending the meeting to discuss the repairs include traffic regulatory agencies, transport unions, truck owners and drivers’ unions, law enforcement agents, among others.
“The Federal Executive Council has approved the maintenance work on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State. The project has taken off already and in carrying out the work, we may at certain times be shutting down the bridge for maintenance.
“At the moment we may begin with tests on the bridge, so, we may shut it by 12 midnight on Thursday and carry out tests and some repairs and open it to traffic by midnight on Sunday,” he said.
He said six other damaged bridges across the state were already undergoing maintenance and rehabilitation, saying, “We have contracts on maintenance of some of the bridges in Lagos.
“We are completing maintenance work on the expansion joints on the Coconut Bridge. We are expecting the contractor to start work on the Independence Bridge in Lagos.
“There is repair work going on currently on the Apapa Bridge, that is, Ijora/Leventis Bridge. Maintenance work is ongoing on the Ijora-7up Bridge; we are also changing the expansion joints.
“On the bridge around the National Stadium area, we are putting covers to all the stolen manholes, we are replacing the steel covers from stadium to Costain.”
FG to close 3rd Mainland Bridge for repairs