The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, on Sunday, proclaimed that the entire shutting down of the Third Mainland Bridge would be lifted at midnight of Jan. 31, 24 hours ahead the prior stipulated day.
Popoola explained to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone that the contractor was able to complete the renovation works on the bridge on Saturday, moreover the lifting of the entire closure will take effect at midnight.
“The casting of the expansion joints was accomplished on Saturday. Subsequently, the Third Mainland Bridge will be opened by 12 midnight of Jan. 31.
“The motorists can start plying the bridge as from 12 midnight henceforth; he disclosed.
Mr popoola commemorate the road users for their understanding, he stated that the reopening had already been communicated with the Lagos State government and all the concerned agency to ensure itchy-free movement of motorist on the highway.
NAN reiterate that Popoola had, on Jan. 27, unfastened a three consecutive of complete shutdown of the bridge which take effect from the midnight of Friday to midnight of Monday, Feb. 1 to allow for replacement of three expansion joints.
The bridge which was partially shut on July 24, 2020 for another round of rehabilitating work after going through series of renovation.
The repair, expected to last for six months, was extended by one month due to the #EndSARS protesters in Lagos, thus extending the completion date from January to February.
The construction was primarily divided into two phases of three months on each carriageway, starting with the Oworonsoki-bound carriageway whose completion dragged to four months.
Traffic was partially diverted on a stretch of 3.5 kilometres where construction is ongoing between Adeniji Adeniji ramp and Ebute-Meta without any delay, meanwhile different time range were allotted for traffic diversions on the bridge.
The 11.8-kilometre bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland.
The bridge starts from Oworonshoki, which linked to Apapa-Oshodi expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and ends at the Adeniji Adele interchange on Lagos Island.
Constructed in 1990, the bridge was declared as the longest in Africa until 1996 when the Oct. 6 Bridge in Cairo, Egypt, was completed.
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