The federal government of Nigeria has announced plans to shut won the third mainland bridge for 72 hours and also partially close the Lagos-Ibadan expressway for needed repairs.
This was made known by the Federal Controller of Works Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola in a statement on Tuesday, 22nd December.
The statement noted that the third mainland bridge will be closed for repairs from midnight of Friday 25th December and will last for three days.
He noted that the shutdown has become necessary to allow for casting concrete on additional three expansion joints.
“There is going to be a total closure of Third Mainland Bridge in order to allow for the casting of three number expansion joints on the Island Bound lane.
“The effective date of the closure will be from 12:00 midnight of 25th of December. So people will be allowed to use the Third Mainland Bridge to celebrate Christmas.
“By the time the Christmas is winding down which is 12:00 midnight, we are going to close it so that we will be able to cast the concrete on Saturday the 26th and 27th we cast again.
“And we need about 72 hours for this concrete to set. Therefore, the opening will be on the 28th December midnight, that is 72-hour closure.
“This is to prevent vibration of the bridge. If we allow vehicles to be moving on one lane, there is going to be vibrations and the concrete will not set properly,” he said.
Popoola noted that alternative routes are available to ease traffic congestion and urged road users to make use of available alternatives.
Similarly, Popoola disclosed that the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will be partially closed for 48 hours from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29 to complete some work on a flyover bridge on the road.
“The contractor, Messers Julius Berger wants to install cross beams at Kilometre 16, that is, around MFM,” he said.
“That area will be cordoned off, there will be closure within that section from 12:00 pm on 28th of December and it will be opened to traffic by 5:00 am the following day.
“200 meters to get to that particular location we have diversion and another diversion 200 meters away from that place.
“One lane will be opened to traffic, it is only one lane we are closing to traffic at a time. The first lane that we are going to close is outward Lagos, that is the Ibadan bound carriageway, we will close it on the 28th.
“And then the second day which is 29th, we are moving to the other lane which in inward Lagos. The same 12:00 pm to 5:00 am,” Popoola said.
He appealed for patience and understanding from all Nigerians and particularly the road users that will be affected by the planned repair works.
Source: Naija News