In a joint effort to address growing concerns over the deteriorating condition of the Third Mainland Bridge, the Lagos State Government, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, has unveiled a comprehensive plan for palliative repairs set to take place on two consecutive Sundays.
The announcement was made by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Engr. Abdulhafiz Toriola, during a press briefing on Thursday.
Toriola revealed that the repair work would be conducted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. each on September 17 and September 24, 2023, to minimize disruptions to commuters and motorists.
The repair project will be executed in two distinct phases, with the first phase targeting the most critical sections of the bridge, specifically the Iyana Oworonshoki inward Adeniji Adele/Lagos Island route.
The decision to carry out the repair on Sundays was made to ensure minimal inconvenience for those traveling during weekdays.
To facilitate a smooth flow of traffic during the rehabilitation period, the Lagos State Government has issued a travel advisory outlining alternative routes for motorists.
During Scene 1 of the repair, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Alapere/Ogudu axis, heading towards Lagos Island, will be redirected towards the Gbagada-Oshodi Expressway, providing access to Ikorodu Road/Funsho Williams Avenue, which in turn leads to the Eko Bridge and Lagos Island.
In Scene 2, motorists traveling from Lagos Mainland via Herbert Macaulay Road (Adekunle axis) heading towards Lagos Island via the Third Mainland Bridge will be rerouted towards Muritala Mohammed Way. From there, they can access Carter Bridge to reach Lagos Island.
Toriola emphasized the importance of patience and adherence to safety measures during the palliative repair work on the bridge.
The need for these urgent repairs comes on the heels of mounting concerns from motorists and commuters, who have reported several potholes on the Third Mainland Bridge, leading to frequent accidents and disruptions. This comprehensive repair plan aims to address these issues and ensure the safety and convenience of all road users.
The Lagos State Government and the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing are committed to delivering these vital repairs to safeguard lives and property, while also improving the overall transportation infrastructure in Lagos.