Federal and Lagos State Governments on Tuesday declared traffic management strategy for partial closure of the ‘ Third Mainland Bridge ‘for six months maintenance.
At a joint media conference, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, said that the routine repair of the bridge, will be carried out from July 24 to Jan. 24, 2021.
Popoola said that the bridge was last rehabilitated in 2012.
“ Consequently, the Third Mainland Bridge will be partly closed and there will be diversion of traffic, ”he said.
Popoola said that the repairs would be undertaken in two phases and the Oworonshoki bound carriageway will be the first to be shut to traffic for three months for rehabilitation.
He said that within the time, motorists would use the Island bound lane and alternative routes offered.
He said that in the first process, the morning which would be from 12:00 midnight to 1:00p.m, the highway, will carry the Oworonshoki to Lagos Island traffic only on the Lagos Island bound carriageway.
He said that from 1:00p, m to 12:00 midnight, the highway will carry the Lagos Island to Oworonshoki traffic, only on the Lagos Island bound carriageway.
“This will be in effect for three months for repairs of the Oworonshoki bound lane,” he said.
He added that the same process would be repeated on the Lagos Island bound carriageway upon completion of repairs of the Oworonshoki road.
“Motorists are advised to ply alternate routes from Carter Bridge via Iddo, via Oyingbo to reach Adekunle ramp inward Oworonshoki.
“From Ijora Olopa via Western Avenue to Ikorodu City.
“Traffic control would be in place to guide and support traffic flow. We regret the inconveniences this could cause the motorists, ”Popoola said.
The Special Adviser to Lagos Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, vowed that the state will rehabilitate access routes areas for use.
Adeyoye identified roads to receive urgent attention to include Herbert Macaulay way and Iddo / Oyingbo roads.
She said that Adeniji Adele Road contract had been awarded and its repairs would soon begin.
She cautioned owners of trucks not in good shape to stay away from the roads while warning against the frequent indiscriminate parking of trucks on roads and bridges.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Fredrick Oladeinde, said that the Vehicle Inspection Service had started inspecting trucks for road worthiness and those not fit would be confiscated.
“So, between June and today, I think we seized more than 90 cars. And we’re going to keep doing that. We will have more VIS on the roads to ensure that only roadworthy trucks come into Lagos.
“We are doubling our efforts just to make sure that we don’t have any breakdown that would further cause congestion.
“The last time we counted traffic, we had more than 60.000 trips from the mainland to the island and just about 20.000 from the other.
“In the morning there is a lot of traffic to the Island, and in the evening it goes back to the Mainland,” he said.
The Commander of the Lagos Area, Federal Road Safety Corporation (FRSC) Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, said traffic management should do the job, but both State and federal security agencies should work together.
“LASTMA is well prepared and we worked out the deployment of our guys, the Federal Road Safety Corp and other agencies that are involved in traffic maintenance in the state of Lagos.
“The traffic situation in Lagos is enormous, even though the road is fine, and the problem is immense.
“When the downpour goes and we have enough supplies and facilities that are already fitted for the operators, we will be clear all over even under the downpour.
“So, I just want to bargain with the public that the compliance issue will be completely addressed.
“We will not compromise that, and we would do all we can to eliminate everything that will produce Lagosians unnecessary pain,” he said.
NAN records that the third mainland bridge was shut down for a three-day repair inquiry in August 2018.
Some components needed to finish the repairs were then imported abroad because they were not locally available.
The Mainland Bridge is 11.8 km long and is the largest of the three linking bridges between the continent and Lagos Island.
The bridge begins at the Apapa-Oshodi expressway from Oworonshoki to the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and ends at the intersection Adeniji Adele at Lagos Island.
It was constructed in 1990, it was the longest in Africa until 1996, when the 6th October Bridge was completed in Cairo.