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Third Mainland Bridge to be shut for 27 months for repairs

Valentine Chinyem

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The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, would soon be shut for repairs. The repairs which is expected to last for over a period of 27 months, would be handled by Borini Prono Construction Company.

This was disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, who said consultations had already began to that effect.

Although, he did not specify how long the repairs on the bridge would last nor the exact date work is to commence, but he said, the ministry would meet with necessary stakeholders to discuss how to manage traffic during the period of repairs.

Stakeholders expected at the meeting 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 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.

“We are completing maintenance work on the expansion joints on the Coconut Bridge.

“We expect 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 the stadium to Costain,” he said.

On the tanker fire outbreak on Otedola Bridge, he said a test was recently conducted on its surface and it revealed that the bridge was safe for use.

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