Lagos—INDICATIONS emerged weekend that the transportation woes in Lagos would worsen as the Apapa / Ijora Bridge would soon be closed for permanent repairs.
The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, who made this known in Lagos, said the contractor handling the project was ready to move to site.
The controller said the ministry was working on effective traffic diversion alternatives that would ensure minimal stresses to users, explaining that the bridge was still in use because of an earlier emergency repair work done to stabilise it.
He said a contractor had completed permanent repairs on an extension of the bridge which was damaged by fire, noting that when the contractor handling it returned to site, it would carry out permanent repairs on the portion of the bridge awarded to it.
According to him: “The repair work will be done on the bridge slab on the outbound Apapa carriageway. The situation we have found ourselves now is that for the contractor to start work, it means we have to divert traffic and we are still looking for the best alternatives. We have all sorts of trucks; Lorries on this Apapa road, and as a result of that, we are having problems of diversion and that is what we are still looking at.
“We hope that very soon, we will be able to come up with the best solution on how to solve the traffic situation there. We are grateful to the Federal Government that has intervened by awarding the contract for the permanent repairs of the bridge to Julius Berger Construction Company. We will be coming up with solutions on traffic diversions in the next few days.”
Kuti said meetings were already ongoing with stakeholders and traffic regulatory agencies on how best to tackle the problem and ensure minimal stress for road users.
He explained that some materials needed for the repairs of the bridge could not be sourced locally and that the contractor could not work on the bridge during its earlier closure to traffic.
The controller said that adequate announcements would be made when the diversion of traffic would be made and appealed to road users to comply with directives of law enforcement and traffic agencies then.