In a bid to ensure the smooth flow of traffic and avert potential gridlock, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Olukorede Kesha, has appealed to motorists to explore alternative routes as repair works commence on the Adekunle ramps of the Third Mainland Bridge on Monday.
Addressing journalists on Sunday at the 11.8-kilometer Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, Ms Kesha announced that the rehabilitation works would kick off on November 6, resulting in the closure of the Adekunle exit ramp from 9:00 am.
The repair activities are expected to last for two weeks, after which the focus will shift to other sections of the bridge.
Highlighting the significance of the repairs, Ms Kesha noted that the Adekunle section of the Third Mainland Bridge comprises four ramps that converge at a particular point, and the restoration of all the ramps is projected to be completed within a five-week timeline.
“With the impending closure of the Third Mainland Bridge Adekunle ramps tomorrow, November 6, we are here to sensitize Lagosians and encourage them to seek alternative routes. Commuters traveling from Iyana Oworo will need to seek other paths as the Adekunle access ramps will be closed,” she emphasized.
Ms Kesha also clarified that motorists traveling from the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway/Toll Gate/Ogudu axis heading towards Lagos Island would be unable to access Adekunle or Ebute-Metta through the Third Mainland Bridge.
In light of the expected traffic diversion, the Federal Controller urged commuters to consider using alternative routes such as Carter Bridge, Gbagada, Ikorodu Road, Ojota, and Funsho Williams Avenue to ensure a seamless commute.
Reiterating the significance of prior announcements made by the Minister of Works, David Umahi, Ms Kesha emphasized the comprehensive nature of the repair project, encompassing activities such as resurfacing the entire bridge, replacing expansion joints, and installing solar lights, among other crucial enhancements.
To ensure a well-informed public, the Controller assured that adequate signages had been strategically placed, and traffic officials would be deployed to facilitate and guide motorists during the repair period.
She also appealed to the public to remain vigilant and report any cases of vandalism along the highway, including damaged guardrails and other public assets.