The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday thanked the Lagos State Authorities and residents for his or her endurance throughout the ongoing repairs of the Third Mainland Bridge.
Fashola whereas inspecting the bridge additionally known as for extra understanding saying that the deliberate three days complete closure was necessary for completion and supply of a protected and powerful bridge to be used.
He mentioned that from midnight of Friday to midnight of Sunday the bridge could be completely shut for necessary repairs to make the bridge final, however that the previous regular diversions would return on Monday when the bridge could be reopened to partial site visitors diversion.
He mentioned that the bridge was one of many 50 nationwide, present process repairs consistent with the nationwide infrastructure upkeep programme and the nationwide infrastructure renewal and enlargement program of the Buhari administration.
“We’ve got seen joints and bearings substitute at completely different phases. We’ve got seen those which might be being freshly drilled to be eliminated and changed.
“We’ve got seen those which have been changed and able to obtain concrete.
“We’ve got seen those which might be being dust sprayed to wash it up utterly to make sure that when the concrete is put, there will probably be binding. We are actually on the final one which has been dust sprayed and able to take concrete.
“All of the work we have now carried out is not going to make sense if we don’t pour this concrete and for this reason regrettably we have now to shut this part of the bridge,” he mentioned.
He defined the method of repairs stating that each one efforts could be a waste with out essentially the most vital stage needing the three days closure for the concrete to correctly ‘remedy’.
“By Monday the diversions that you’re used to will return, our work has not completed, we’re going to end this programme in January subsequent yr.
“It’s is now necessary to guard the sections which have been completed in order that our tolerance, our forbearance wouldn’t have been in useless in order that when the work is completed we could have nearly a brand new bridge that may final very lengthy, ” he mentioned.
He mentioned that extra closures must be anticipated stating that joints had been being carried out in phases to minimise the affect of gridlock.
The Minister pressured that the trouble was definitely worth the wait as the federal government tried to minimise the affect of gridlock.
Additionally, the Lagos State Commissioner for Works, Mr Frederick Oladeinde mentioned throughout the three days closure Eko and Carter bridges could be open, in addition to Murtala Mohammed Approach via Oyingbo for these making an attempt to hyperlink the Island.
He mentioned that enough Lagos State Site visitors Administration Authority employees had been adequately deployed to make sure free circulate of site visitors.
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos Mr Olukayode Popoola defined the necessity to shut the lane for 3 enlargement joints sections to be solid between Adeniji Adele inside 48 hours to set.
“From Adeniji Adele to Adekunle is the part we’re closing, that could be a distance of about 3.5 kilometers in size, so individuals can nonetheless use Adeniji Adele, they will additionally as nicely use Adekunle Ramp however you can’t connect with the Island neither are you able to connect with the mainland via the Third Mainland Bridge inside that 48 hours of the whole closure of the bridge,’’ he mentioned.
Additionally, Mr Paulo Prono, Govt Director, Borini Prono defined technical particulars in addition to technological procedures of ongoing repairs, whereas conducting the minister via floor and beneath constructions.
He additionally defined the logistics in addition to the explanation for working in phases on completely different stretches of the bridge.
It could be recalled that the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, which was going via collection of repairs, was partially shut on July 24 for an additional spherical of rehabilitation works.
The restore is anticipated to final for six months with the development divided into two phases of three months on every carriageway, beginning with the Oworonsoki sure carriageway.
Site visitors was partially diverted on a stretch of three.5km the place building is ongoing between Adeniji Adeniji Ramp and Ebute Meta, whereas completely different time belts had been allotted for site visitors diversions on the bridge.
Nevertheless, the Federal Authorities on Wednesday introduced a 3 days complete shut down of the bridge for particular repairs.
The 11.8km bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland.
The bridge begins from Oworonshoki, which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and ends on the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island.
Constructed in 1990, the bridge was adjudged because the longest in Africa till 1996 when the Oct. 6 Bridge in Cairo, Egypt was accomplished.