FG to reopen Eko, Apongbon bridges July 9

FG to reopen Eko, Apongbon bridges July 9


The Federal Government said it will reopen both the Eko and Apongbon bridges to road users by July 9.

Apongbon Bridge was shut after a March 23, 2022 fire incident that razed shops located under it while Eko Bridge was shut on November 4, 2022 after a separate fire incident.

The Director, Highways, Bridges and Designs in the Federal Ministry of Works, Omotayo Awosanya, gave the assurance while leading top engineers from the federal team and Lagos State on an inspection tour of the bridges.

The team earlier held a closed door meeting with Buildwell Plants and Equipment Industries Ltd, contractors on the project at their construction yard in Costain.

“At exactly midnight on Sunday, July 9, the bridges will be reopened so that commuters will have smooth passage on Monday morning of July 10,” he said.

He said that when the bridges are reopened, there will be intermittent short closures to continue repairs.

He said an existing contract for rehabilitation of the entire Eko Bridge had reached 50 per cent completion.

According to him, a total of 150 bearings had been replaced on the bridge with additional 150 to be installed in subsequent rehabilitation works.

“We have come here to urge the contractor to reduce five days out of the 15th of July. We are now going to open the bridge on the 9th at 12midnight. This is as a result of close collaboration between the Federal Government and Lagos State Government because we are mindful of the stress the closure of this bridge has caused to Lagosians and we have put pressure on the contractor to open the bridge on Monday for traffic. This will reduce the stress presently on other bridges connecting the island and Victoria Island,” he said.

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