The Federal Government has on Wednesday announced a total shutdown of Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos for two days from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday, as part of the on-going repair works on the 11.8km platform. The above announcement was contained in a statement by the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Joshua Popoola. The statement explained that the contractor currently carrying out repairs on the bridge, Messrs Borini Prono & Co. (Nig.) Ltd, is getting close to completion of works on the closed section of Third Mainland Bridge and requires the total closure of both bounds of the bridge between Adeniji Adele and Adekunle to complete the work.
“The contractor currently carrying out repair works on the bridge is nearing completion of works on the closed section of Third Mainland Bridge and requires the total closure of both bounds of the bridge between Adeniji Adele and Adekunle to complete work.
“The total closure of this section of the bridge is to ensure that there is no vibration on the bridge during the casting in-place of the newly installed expansion joints. This is to allow for setting of the special concrete, which allows the concrete to achieve its required compressive strength,” the statement read in part.
“Due to the number of expansion joints to be cast on the closed section of the bridge and the traffic situation in Lagos State, especially during the week days; the casting of the expansion joints will be in two stages to ensure that the total closure is only at the weekends, when there is less traffic plying the route,” he explained.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government, in collaboration with Lagos State Government closed down and commenced phase repair works on the 11.8km bridge, precisely on July 24, 2020 to last for six months.