by Isi Esene
The Lagos State government has announced that there will be a full closure of the Third Mainland Bridge on Sunday. The bridge is billed to undergo repairs and traffic will be diverted from the hours of 6am till midnight.
Kayode Opeifa, commissioner for Transportation announced this on Thursday stating that the closure is meant to allow the contractor, Borini Prono, complete the concrete casting of the expansion joints currently undergoing repair works on Oworonshoki-bound section.
According to reports, 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.
Opeifa said motorists moving inwards Lagos Island and Ikeja would not be allowed access to the bridge from 6am to 12am during the diversion.
Opeifa advised 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.
The commissioner said, “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.”
The commissioner commended the patience of Lagos motorists since the commencement of the repair works on July 8 and appealed to road users to bear with the government assuring them that the repairs would soon be over.