Lagosians should be prepared to face another period of heavy traffic – especially those moving between the Island and the Mainland – as the third mainland bridge is to be partially shut down for repairs between July 1 and November 6.
The Federal Controller of Works for Lagos, Oluwatoyin Obikoya has confirmed this closure as part of arrangements for the second phase of expansion and joint repairs on the bridge. The first Phase of the project was done in 2008, when the bridge was partially closed for repairs of similar natureThe bridge will be partially closed for a period of four months, to end on November 6, 2012.
Obikoya explained that this partial closure was necessary in order to allow the contractors, Messrs Borini Prono and Company Nigeria Ltd., easy access to the project site. According to him, “It is for them to remove eight defective expansion joints of the bridge; three of the joints are on Lagos (Island) bound, and the remaining five on Oworonshoki bound (side of the bridge)”.
During the period, however, traffic will be diverted from the side of the bridge under repair to the other side.