The Federal Government has insisted that the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed for six months for repairs, beginning from the midnight of July 24.
The Federal Controller of Works, Federal Ministry of Works, Olukayode Popoola, speaking at a press conference said the bridge was last rehabilitated in 2012, which was about eight years ago, adding that there was need to carry out the repairs to avoid collapse.
According to him, the first three months would be used to carry out work on the part of the bridge coming from the Lagos Island to the Mainland.
On the other hands, he added that works on the other portion of the bridge coming from Oworonsoki to Lagos Island will begin three months later.
He said: “We don’t want the bridge to collapse. We want to replace all worn out components and joint. The maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge is going to be carried out between Friday 24th July, 2020 and Sunday 24th January, 2021.
”Consequently, the bridge will be partially closed and there will be diversion of traffic from midnight to 1.00pm every morning for movement from Oworonsoki to Lagos Island only on the Lagos Island bound lane; while from 1.00pm to midnight, Lagos Island to Oworonsoki traffic only on the Lagos Island bound lane. This will be in place for three months for the,repairs of the Oworonsoki bound lane.
“Motorists are advised to also ply the alternative routes of Carter Bridge through Iddo to Oyingbo to join Adekunleramp inward Oworonsoki or from Ijora through Western Avenue to Ikorodu Road.”