Lagos Government has announced plans to close traffic on the Third Mainland Bridge for repair works to be carried out on failed portions of the facility.
The work to executed by the state’s Public Works Corporation, LPWC, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, has been scheduled for two Sundays beginning from September 17 and 24, this year.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of transportation, Engr. Abdulhafiz Toriola, who announced this on Thursday, added that the work would span between the hours of 7.00 am to 7.00 pm, each Sunday.
According to him, “The proposed works will be strictly executed in two phases with phase one focusing on only the most critical sections on the Iyana Oworonshoki inward Adeniji Adele/Lagos Island.”
Toriola explained that the palliative works were scheduled for Sundays in order to minimize inconveniences for motorists.
Consequently, the state government released travel advisory to ensure seamless movement of traffic.
Toriola, therefore advised motorists to ply the following alternative routes made available during the rehabilitation works which are; Scene 1, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Alapere/Ogudu axis inwards Lagos Island will be diverted towards Gbagada-Oshodi Expressway to link Ikorodu Road/Funsho Williams Avenue to access Eko Bridge and Lagos Island.
While scene 2, motorists from Lagos Mainland going through Herbert Macaulay Road (Adekunle axis) inwards Lagos Island via Third Mainland Bridge will be diverted towards Muritala Mohammed Way to make use of Carter Bridge to link Lagos Island.
In October, 2022, the bridge was also closed to traffic to aid the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency’s recovery exercise of the waste disposal truck that fell off the bridge into the Lagoon.
Earlier, July 6, 2020, the Third Mainland Bridge was closed for six months due to enable repairs from Friday, July 24, 2020, to January 24, 2021, for the replacement of bearings and worn-out expansion joints.
However, the repair work was extended by a few days till reopening on February 1, 2021.