A statement by Mr. Olukayode Popoola the Federal Controller of Works Lagos, on Wednesday, January 27, announced another three days of a total shutdown of the Third Mainland Bridge for another round of delicate expansion joints replacement.
The controller of works told revealed to newsmen that the shutdown of the Third Mainland Bridge would take effect from midnight on Friday to midnight of Monday, Feb. 1.
Noting that construction works had reached the stage for casting concrete on additional three expansion joints; hence the need to stop all movements on the bridge that could cause vibrations.
He added that the 72 hours closure was to ensure that the concrete sets properly; during the curing process’ to make the rehabilitation works perfectly and durable.
Popoola further appealed for the understanding of Lagos residents on whatever inconvenience this could cause saying them.
“Messers Boroni Prono is planning to cast three number expansion joints on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st.
”This will require total closure of Third Mainland bridge from 12:00 midnight of Friday 29th till midnight of Monday 1st February 2021.
“We are sorry for the inconveniences this may cause Lagosians,” Popoola said.
Recall that the construction was initially divided into two phases of three months on each carriageway; starting with the Oworonsoki bound carriageway whose completion dragged to four months.
Traffic was partially diverted on a stretch of 3.5km where construction is ongoing between Adeniji Adeniji Ramp and Ebute Meta; while different time belts were allotted for traffic diversions on the bridge.
The 11.8km bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland.