By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS—AS the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, in collaboration with the Lagos State Government commences a three-day investigative maintenance test on the Third Mainland Bridge from midnight, August 22, the Lagos State Government has assured residents of free flow of traffic, urging motorists and residents to comply with all traffic rules and directional signs to alternative routes during the period.
The state government also urged motorists to cooperate with traffic personnel deployed to strategic areas to ease flow of traffic and avoid unnecessary gridlock.
The Third Mainland Bridge will be temporarily shut for three days beginning from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26, 2018 to allow for the test to be carried out before proper repairs in future.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ade Akinsanya, who made the appeal, said adequate personnel would be on ground to direct motorists appropriately adding that plans have been concluded to reduce possible heavy impact on road users in the state.
The three-day closure, according to Akinsanya, would enable the contractors assess the true state of the bridge after which works would commence by the end of the year or early in 2019.
“Besides, all traffic management agencies including the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, and the Police, among others, have been mandated to ensure smooth flow of traffic on all the other alternative roads and traffic corridor across the metropolis to ensure free flow of traffic,” he said.
Akinsanya urged motorists from Lagos Abeokuta, Agege, Ogba and Ikeja to make use of Oshodi via Mushin Ojuelegba to connect Carter Bridge into Island, while those from Ikorodu, Maryland are to make use of Funsho Williams Avenue, formerly, Western Avenue via Yaba to Oyinbo and connect Eko Bridge into Island.
Motorists from Okokomaiko, Festac, Oshodi-Apapa Expressway are enjoined to ply through Ajegunle via Marine Bridge to Ijora to connect Carter Bridge to Apongbon into Lagos Island.
Conversely, motorists from the Island are expected to ply Eko Bridge and Carter Bridge into Mainland, while those in Lekki Ajah can also make use of Epe axis through Imota into Ikorodu.
Explaining the need for the closure, Akinsanya said: “The Third Mainland Bridge which was opened about 30 years ago by the then military government has had haphazard maintenance and repairs in the past which the present Federal Government is committed to correct by carrying out proper and continuous maintenance and repairs on it.”
Similarly, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr. Hyginus Omeje, while appealing for understanding and cooperation from motorists and road users, said the corps would deploy over 1,000 men with other various operational vehicles and motorbikes to provide assistance to motorists.