The Lagos State Government has extended the reopening of the Third Mainland Bridge to the end of the month.
This, according to the Governor, was to allow the contractor to cast the final expansion joint from midnight, Friday 19th to midnight Sunday 21st February, 2021.
Affirming the statement released by the Federal Controller of Works, Mr. Kayode Popoola, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said the bridge will be shut completely against vehicular movement to enable the contractor set the expansion joint concrete without vibrations caused by vehicular movement to achieve the desired strength of the concrete.
He said the concrete would require between three to four days to set before the final preparations to finally re-open the entire bridge to traffic, adding that the casting was also slated during that weekend to reduce traffic congestion along the axis for motorists.
Motorists from Ogudu, Alapere and Gbagada are advised to use Ikorodu Road, Jibowu and Yaba as alternative routes while Iyana Oworonsoki-bound traffic from Lagos-Island, Iddo, Oyingbo, Adekunle and Yaba should use Herbert Macaulay Way, Jibowu and Ikorodu Road as alternative routes.
The Transport Commissioner assured that traffic management personnel have been deployed along the affected routes to minimise and address any traffic impediments during the closure.