Third Mainland Bridge: FG, Lagos explain 6-month closure, announce other routes

The Federal and Lagos State Governments have announced traffic management plan ahead of the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge.

Maintenance on the bridge would be carried out from July 24, 2020 to January 24, 2021.

On Tuesday, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, at a media briefing said the bridge was last rehabilitated in 2012.

The official explained that the repairs would be done in two phases.

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The Oworonshoki bound carriageway is the first to be shut for three months.

Within the period, motorists would use the Island bound lane and alternative routes provided.

From 12am to 1pm, the highway would take the Oworonshoki to Lagos Island traffic only on the Lagos Island bound carriageway.

From 1pm to 11pm, the highway would take the Lagos Island to Oworonshoki traffic only on the Lagos Island bound carriageway.

The same process will be replicated on the Lagos Island bound carriageway upon completion of repairs of the Oworonshoki lane.

Popoola advised motorists to ply alternative routes from Carter Bridge through Iddo, through Oyingbo to join Adekunle ramp inward Oworonshoki.

“From Ijora Olopa through Western Avenue to Ikorodu Road. Traffic control will be in place to direct and help traffic movement”, he said.

Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works, Aramide Adeyoye, said Herbert Macaulay Way and Iddo/Oyingbo roads will receive urgent attention.

Adeyoye confirmed that Adeniji Adele Road contract had been awarded and repairs would soon begin.

The aide told owners of trucks not in good condition to stay off the roads and warned against indiscriminate parking on roads and bridges.

Commissioner for Transportation, Fredrick Oladeinde, said the Vehicle Inspection Service had started checking trucks for road worthiness.

“We have confiscated over 90 vehicles between June and today. So we will continue to do that. We will have more VIS on the roads.”

He assured that Lagos was doubling its efforts on congestion, noting that, “a lot of traffic goes to the Island in the morning and goes back to the Mainland in the evening.”

Oladeinde added that as at the last traffic count, “we had over 60,000 trips going from the Mainland to the Island and those going on the other side are just about 20,000”

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