The Federal Ministry of Works has said that Apapa Bridge would be closed for maintenance as soon as alternative route have been made available for commuters by stakeholders.
According to Mr Adedamola Kuti, The Lagos State Federal controller of works the contractor handling the project, Julius Berger Plc was ready to move to the site,
According to him, the ministry was working on effective traffic diversion alternatives that would ensure minimal stresses on users then.
While confirming that Messrs Buildwell Nigeria Ltd, had completed permanent repairs on an extension of the bridge which was damaged by fire, the controller added that when Julius Berger returned to site, it would carry out permanent repairs on the portion of the bridge awarded to it.
“The repair work will be done on the bridge slab on the outbound Apapa carriageway.
“The situation we have found ourselves now is that for Julius Berger to start work, it means we have to divert traffic and we are still looking for the best alternatives.
“We have all sorts of trucks; lorries on this Apapa road, and as a result of that, we are having problems of diversion and that is what we are still looking at.
“We hope that very soon, we will be able to come up with the best solution on how to solve the traffic situation there.
“We are grateful to the Federal Government that has intervened by awarding the contract for the permanent repairs of the bridge to Julius Berger Construction Company.
“We will be coming up with solutions on traffic diversions in the next few days,’’ he said.
Kuti advised motorist to obey traffic officers as the ministry would be collaborating with stakeholders and traffic regulatory agencies on how best to tackle the problem and ensure minimal stress for road users.
Naija News recalls that on Aug. 5, 2016, the minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola had ordered the closure of the bridge for emergency repairs after inspecting the dilapidated Apapa Bridge which was damaged by fire.