The Third Mainland Bridge will soon be closed for repairs, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, said on Tuesday.
Kuti who announced the proposed closure of the bridge to journalists in Lagos said that the ministry of works was going to hold a meeting with stakeholders on Wednesday 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 him, stakeholders attending the meeting to discuss the repairs include traffic regulatory agencies, transport unions, truck owners and drivers’ unions, law enforcement agents, among others.
He said, “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 that six other damaged bridges across the state were already undergoing maintenance and rehabilitation.
“We have contracts on maintenance of some of the bridges in Lagos. Maintenance work on the expansion joints on the Coconut Bridge is being completed; work is expected to start soon on the Independence Bridge in Lagos; on the Apapa Bridge, that is, Ijora/Leventis Bridge, repair work is currently on-going; maintenance work is also ongoing on the Ijora-7up Bridge, the expansion joints are being changed; covers to all the stolen manholes are being replaced on the bridge around the National Stadium area; and steel covers are being replaced from stadium to Costain,” Kuti said.
He added that some tests had been carried out on the Otedola Bridge, whose surface was recently burnt during a tanker fire.
Kuti said that the tests revealed that the bridge was safe for use and that the contractors would soon attend to the bridge.