The Lagos State Government has said the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed totally to traffic on Sunday to allow for thorough repair works on the bridge.
The government has advised motorists in the state to make use of alternative roads on Sunday as the bridge would undergo complete diversion of traffic from 6.00 am to 12 midnight.
Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, who disclosed this in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, said that the complete diversion from the bridge was to allow the contractor, Borini Prono, to do the concrete casting of the expansion joints currently undergoing repair works on Oworonshoki-bound section.
According to him, the concrete casting and drying process required zero vibration, hence the diversion of vehicular traffic away from the bridge from Adeniji Adele to Oworonshoki end on Sunday.
He added that during the diversion, motorists inward Lagos Island and Ikeja would be restricted from having access to the bridge from 6.00 am to 12 midnight.
The commissioner who commended the perseverance of Lagosians since the commencement of the repair works on the 11.8 km bridge on 8 July, 2012, appealed to road users to bear with the government as the repair works and diversions would soon be over.
Opeifa urged motorists approaching from Lagos end to follow the diversion at Adeniji Adele Interchange to connect Carter Bridge, link Iddo interchange where they could easily connect Ikeja, Ojota, Ketu, Ikorodu, Agege, Lagos Ibadan expressway, Alimosho, Oshodi, Abule Egba, among others through Eko Bridge, Herbert Macaulay Road and Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
The Commissioner added that those going to Lagos Island as usual would be diverted at Oworonshoki to connect Ikorodu Road (via Anthony interchange) to link either Jibowu to Muritala Mohammed Way to Iddo or continue to Eko Bridge through Funsho Williams Avenue or Agege Motor Road (via Oshodi Interchange) to link Moshalasi to either Jibowu to Muritala Mohammed Way to Iddo or continue to Eko Bridge through Funsho Williams Avenue or in the alternative use Apapa-Oshodi Expressway through Mile 2 to connect Ijora then Lagos Island.
“Road users should adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations during the remaining period for the completion of the repair works on Third Mainland Bridge.