The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation has stated that the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed to traffic in order to start corrective repairs on the bridge’s problematic areas.
The bridge will be closed on September 17 and 24, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., for the repair, which will be done by the Lagos Public Works Corporation, or LPWC, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Works.
Abdulhafiz Toriola, the permanent secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, confirmed the planned restoration on Thursday and added that traffic would be redirected to guarantee a speedy completion of the work.
“The proposed works will be strictly executed in two phases with phase one focusing on only the most critical sections on the Iyana-Oworonsoki inward Adeniji Adele/Lagos Island,” he said.
In a released travel advisory to ensure seamless movement of traffic, traffic from the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Alapere/Ogudu axis, inwards Lagos Island, will be diverted towards Gbagada-Oshodi Expressway to link Ikorodu Road/Funsho Williams Avenue to access Eko Bridge and Lagos Island.
Motorists from Lagos Mainland going through Herbert Macaulay Road (Adekunle axis) inwards Lagos Island via Third Mainland Bridge will be diverted towards Murtala Muhammed Way to make use of Carter Bridge to link Lagos Island.
Toriola therefore urged motorists to be patient and observe safety measures during the palliative works on the asphalt pavement of the bridge.
He added that Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, officers, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Nigeria police, and other traffic personnel would be on the ground to effectively control and manage traffic.
He said: “We assure that despite the traffic impact on the alternative routes, LASTMA will be deployed to minimize inconveniences and ease movement along the affected corridors.
“Various traffic agencies involved, in conjunction with other security and safety personnel to form good synergy, will ensure appropriate traffic management measures aimed at improving the safety and flow of traffic, reducing traffic emissions, and utilising traffic artery capacity more effectively throughout the duration of the exercise.”