Partial Closure Of Third Mainland Bridge Begins
At about midnight on Friday, concrete barriers went up at the mouth of the 11.8km Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The barriers signalled the beginning of repairs of the 30 year-old bridge and its partial closure for the next six months.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
First to be blocked was the outbound multi-lane at Adeniji Adele, which carries traffic from the Lagos island to the Lagos mainland at Oworonsoki.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The barriers will be in place till noon Saturday, when it will be opened for traffic.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Simultaneously, some other set of concrete barriers will block traffic from Oworonsoki end, going to Lagos.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The blockade will also be in place till midnight, when it will be opened for traffic coming into Lagos
The alternating open and close is a rhythm Lagosians plying the bridge must master in the next six months as the almost 30 year-old bridge goes into repair mode.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The Federal Controller of Works, Olukayode Popoola, explained the rhythm to Channels TV:
“In the morning when you are going to resume your work, right from Oworonshoki, you use the same line that you normally use to go and work.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
“By 12 in the afternoon, we close this lane so you can now divert. We have created diversion as you can see it,” he said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Workss Minister, Raji Fashola explained that the maintenance of the busiest bridge in the country was aimed at replacing damaged components for a better motoring experience.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The maintenance is to be carried out on a length of 3.5 kilometres out of the 11.8 kilometres of the bridge.
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