FG, LASG begin repairs of Third Mainland bridge alternative routes

Road closed on Lagos Third Mainland Bridge. Elsewhere in the city commuters groan over gridlock, higher bus fares. Photo Okoya Olatunde/NAN
The Third Mainland Bridge in Nigeria, one of three bridges that connect Lagos Island to the mainland.

Barely four days to the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for rehabilitation, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, said massive rehabilitation of alternative routes were progressing.

PM NEWS recalls that on July 6, the controller announced that the bridge would be shut down on July 24 for repairs.

Popoola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the Federal Ministry of Works and Lagos State Government were tackling the rehabilitation works together simultaneously on different access paths.

He said rising from a stakeholders meeting which held on July 13th, all participants, including the roads maintenance interests groups, swung into immediate action to ensure minimal traffic discomfort.

According to him, an agreement was reached for urgent interventions across major access routes which were being complied with.

“The efforts we have made so far concerning the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge on July 24th, some of the alternative routes that people may take are being repaired.

“The Federal Ministry of Works has repaired Iddo-Oyingbo Road, we asked the contractor, Messrs Borini Porini, to go there and fill the potholes, which they have done.

“We also cleared the drains there after our meeting with stakeholders on July 11th,” he told NAN.

He added that CCECC was also deployed to fix failed portions of the Independence Tunnel on Ikorodu Road on Thursday.

Popoola said that Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) on its part had fixed bad portions and cleaned drains at Ijora Olopa.

The controller explained that the Lagos State Government agreed to fix bad portions around the Iganmu Bridge adding that, its public works agency was also fixing some other roads.

“I was with the Special Adviser to Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday and they promised to address the failure around the Iganmu Bridge.

“And I am sure they have started because they are working with the Lagos State Public Works Corporation,” he said.