Chinazor Megbolu |
The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that the Third Mainland Bridge will be re-opened February 15, 2021 on completion of the ongoing repair work.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola disclosed this while carrying out an inspection of the construction repair and the planned diversion shifts on the bridge that kicked off Friday, January 15 would last February 13, 2021.
He said he was optimistic the bridge would be reopened on February 15 in a bid to enable the government to begin work on the Falomo Bridge.
Fashola, the former Lagos State Governor also noted that work on the Falomo Bridge was being delayed in order to avert the gridlock that may occur.
According to him; “on the Third Mainland Bridge, most of our work is almost done, we lost two weeks during the civil protest and our completion date earlier was towards the end of January, that has slipped.
“We are hoping that by 15th of February, we should be done and the bridge should be opened to the public.
“That is one of the reasons why I also came to see how far and when this bridge will be opened to the public because this is delaying our work on Falomo Bridge.
“We have done some work on Falomo Bridge, we are going to have to close Falomo Bridge as soon as this is done so that we can also replace the expansion joints there. All the other preliminary work has been done there, but we left it in order to reduce the inconvenience to commuters in and around Lagos.
“So, the Eko Bridge that was closed is opened now, this one (Third Mainland Bridge) is going to be opened by February 15.”
Fashola, however, buttressed that before the closure of the Falomo Bridge, the federal government will consult with the Lagos state government to that effect.
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