The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation has stated that the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed to traffic in order to start corrective repairs on the bridge’s problematic areas.
The bridge will be closed on September 17 and 24, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., for the repair, which will be done by the Lagos Public Works Corporation, or LPWC, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Works.
Abdulhafiz Toriola, the permanent secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, confirmed the planned restoration on Thursday and added that traffic would be redirected to guarantee a speedy completion of the work.
He stated that the intended work will be strictly carried out in two stages, with the first stage concentrating primarily on the Iyana-Oworonsoki towards Adeniji Adele/Lagos Island’s most crucial sections.
Traffic from the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Alapere/Ogudu axis, inwards Lagos Island will be diverted through the Gbagada-Oshodi Expressway to link Ikorodu Road/Funsho Williams Avenue to access the Eko Bridge and Lagos Island, according to an issued travel advice.
Drivers from the Lagos Mainland who are using the Third Mainland Bridge to access Lagos Island through Herbert Macaulay Road (Adekunle axis) will be detoured to Murtala Muhammed Way in order to use Carter Bridge to connect Lagos Island.
Toriola therefore encouraged drivers to have patience and follow safety precautions while the asphalt pavement of the bridge.
In order to efficiently regulate and manage traffic, he continued, staff from the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigerian police, and other agencies would be present on the ground.
“We assure you that LASTMA will be deployed to minimize inconveniences and facilitate movement along the affected corridors, despite the traffic impact on the alternative routes,” he stated.
“Various traffic agencies involved will ensure appropriate traffic management measures aimed at improving the safety and flow of traffic, reducing traffic emissions, and more efficiently utilizing traffic artery capacity throughout the duration of the exercise,” according to a statement from the security and safety personnel involved.