As contractor commences repair works on the Third Mainland Bridge today, Friday, July 24, 2020, with attendant partial closure, the Federal and Lagos State Governments have allayed the fear of possible traffic gridlock and tension among road users during the period.
The partial closure, slated to commence midnight, is to allow for repairs on faulty expansion joints of the bridge due to old age, scheduled to last for six months.
Speaking at an inter-ministerial press briefing on Friday by the Ministry of Transportation, Works and Infrastructure and the Information and Strategy counterpart in Alausa, Ikeja, Commissioner for Information, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, reiterated that motorists need not entertain any anxiety or fear but should cooperate with traffic officers in order to enhance a smooth and hitch-free movement.
The state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Frederic Oladeinde, said there was the need to carry out repairs of the expansion joints of the bridge to ensure the safety of the motorists.
He added that “Lagosians need not be worried about the closure because 75 per cent section of the road will not be affected.”
The commissioner stated further that alternative routes are already in place for the 25 per cent section affected by the road.
He appealed to motorists to give maximum cooperation to the traffic officers that would be deployed to put the situation under control, saying “they are to work for 24 hours within the period.”