At about midnight on July 24,concrete barriers were set up at the entrance to the 11.8km Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos. These barriers stated the beginning of repairs of the 30 year-old bridge and its partial closure for the next 6months.
First place to be blocked was the multi-lane at Adeniji Adele, which carries most movement from the Lagos island to the Lagos mainland at Oworonsoki
The barriers will be in place until Saturday noon when it will be opened for movement. Simultaneously, some other set of concrete barriers will block movement from Oworonsoki end, going to Lagos.
The barricade 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 using the bridge must get familiar with in the next six months as the almost 30 year-old bridge goes into repair mode.
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.
“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.
The Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola explained that the maintenance of the busiest bridge in the country was to replace damaged components for a better motoring experience.
The maintenance is to be carried out on a length of 3.5 kilometres out of the 11.8 kilometres of the bridge.
Nigerians living in Lagos have taken to social media to react and comment their displeasure over the development.
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