Thursday, 12 July 2018

Government Reveals Date For Closure Of Third Mainland Bridge

The Federal Supervisor of Works, Lagos, Mr. Adedamola Kuti, said Wednesday in Lagos that the emergency rehabilitation / maintenance of the third project of the Continental Bridge would begin on July 27.

Kuti revealed this at a stakeholder meeting at the Ministry of Public Works office in Lagos.

He said that the repair work on the bridge would be phased over a period of 27 months and would be managed by Borini Prono Construction Company.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the meeting has been convened by the ministry for stakeholders to think about effective traffic re-routing and management to prevent blockages during the period.

Stakeholders at the event include NUPENG, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the police.

He said that the bridge would be completely closed to traffic during the first three days for the contractor to perform various tests.

He said the subsequent closures would be partial.

"A dynamic test on the bridge expansion joints on the Third Mainland Bridge is to be completed between Friday, July 27, 2018 and Sunday, July 29, 2018 and has been done in a manner that has minimal impact on the road users. .

"As a result, the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed to traffic on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at midnight and will be open at midnight on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at midnight.

"Alternative routes will be used during this period and traffic control will be in place to direct and facilitate the movement of traffic.

"We regret any inconvenience this could cause to road users as this closure is inevitable," he said.

He appealed to the patience of the road users and promised that all alternative routes would be repaired to make them easier to access.

In addition, Mr. Hyginus Omeje, Commander of the Federal Road Safety Sector of the City of Lagos (FRSC), called on motorists to use mass transit during repairs to the Third Continental Bridge.

Omeje told reporters that the vehicle occupancy rate in Lagos was 1: 1, which means that there was on average one driver per vehicle traveling the road, hence the usual heavy traffic.

He stated that all the traffic and law enforcement agencies of the event would work in synergy to prevent traffic jams.

"Instead of everyone coming out with their vehicles during this period, can we make the" parking-and-ride "option that we have advocated to really help us lighten the traffic in Lagos?"

He also called on the media to step up his awareness campaign on the dangers of articulated parking vehicle drivers on roads and bridges.

They should change their attitudes towards indiscriminate truck parking on roads and bridges, Omeje said.

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