Third Mainland Bridge to be shut for maintenance

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Nigeria’s longest bridge, the Third Mainland bridge would be shut for emergency rehabilitation and maintenance, the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos State, Nigeria, Mr. Adedamola Kuti said.

It was disclosed that the repair work of the second longest bridge in Africa would be handled by Borini Prono Construction Company and carried out over a 27 months period. The works will begin on July 27.

According to reports, the bridge would be totally shut to traffic on the first three days for the contractor to carry out various tests on it. Subsequent closures would be on partial basis.

“A Dynamic Test on Bridge Expansion Joints on Third Mainland Bridge is to be carried out between Friday, July 27, 2018 and Sunday, July 29, 2018 and it has been done in such a way that it will have minimum impact on road users.

“Consequently, the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed to traffic by 12.00 midnight of Thursday 26th July, 2018 and be opened by 12.00 midnight Sunday 29th July, 2018.

“Alternative routes will be plied during this period and traffic control will be in place to direct and help traffic movement.

“We regret any inconvenience this might cause road users as this closure is inevitable,’’ Kuti said.

He appealed for the patience of road users and promised that all alternative routes would be repaired to make them smooth for easy access.

A meeting has been convened for stakeholders to brainstorm on effective traffic diversion and management to prevent gridlocks during the period.

The 11.8km bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and opened by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990.

It was disclosed that the repair work of the second longest bridge in Africa would be handled by Borini Prono Construction Company and carried out over a 27 months period. The works will begin on July 27.

According to reports, the bridge would be totally shut to traffic on the first three days for the contractor to carry out various tests on it. Subsequent closures would be on partial basis.

“A Dynamic Test on Bridge Expansion Joints on Third Mainland Bridge is to be carried out between Friday, July 27, 2018 and Sunday, July 29, 2018 and it has been done in such a way that it will have minimum impact on road users.

“Consequently, the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed to traffic by 12.00 midnight of Thursday 26th July, 2018 and be opened by 12.00 midnight Sunday 29th July, 2018.

“Alternative routes will be plied during this period and traffic control will be in place to direct and help traffic movement.

“We regret any inconvenience this might cause road users as this closure is inevitable,’’ Kuti said.

He appealed for the patience of road users and promised that all alternative routes would be repaired to make them smooth for easy access.

A meeting has been convened for stakeholders to brainstorm on effective traffic management to prevent gridlocks during the maintenance period.

The 11.8km bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and opened by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990.

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