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FG To Shut Third Mainland Bridge For Six Months For Repair

Valentine Chinyem

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The Third Mainland bridge is set to undergo repair from July 24.

This was revealed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, on Monday.

He said, consultations were already underway to ensure a perfect traffic management plan, before the repairs can begin.

“We want to do maintenance work on the Third Mainland Bridge very soon. Most likely on the 24th. We may close it from July 24.

“We are still working out the modalities, and when we perfect the traffic management plan, we will move to the site.

“Everything being expected for the repairs of the bridge arrived in the country that is why we want to start the repairs now,’’ he said.

The Third Mainland bridge was last shut in August 2018 for a three days investigative maintenance check, prompting the government to source from abroad some components needed to complete repairs on the bridge.

Being 11.8km long, the Third Mainland Bridge was constructed in 1990 and is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland.