Postponed: Government still not set for Third Mainland Bridge repairs

by Stanley Azuakola

If you planned to use the repairs of the Third Mainland Bridge as an excuse for resuming late to work this week, sorry, it won’t work. this is because the proposed repair work earlier scheduled to begin on the Third Mainland Bridge on Sunday did not commence.

Lagos Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Charles Akpabio, had said on Saturday that the Federal Government had postponed the repair work indefinitely. An official of the FRSC debunked that report, but checks today reveal that indeed, no repairs have commenced.

Charles Akpabio said the development was to allow government put more measures in place so ensure hitch free repair.

However, sources within the state government say that a dispute between the Lagos state government and federal government over some modalities involved in the closure was among the factors responsible for the postponement.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, said there was no cause for alarm.

He said, “The work will start in a matter of days.

“The postponement was at the instance of the Federal Controller of Works.

“The contractors are ready and the state government is fully prepared to ensure free flow of traffic while the repair lasted.”

The repairs on the bridge were earlier scheduled to commence on July 1 and end on November 6, 2012.

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