by Isi Esene
The Lagos State government has released the daily vehicular traffic diversion plan for commuters using the Third Mainland Bridge during the periodof repairs planned for the bridge.
The schedule, signed by the state commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, gave details of alternative routes and diversion points on the bridge to be observed by motorists.
The bridge repairs which was supposed to have taken off on July 1 was briefly postponed to give more time for the relevant agencies to plan and put proper logistics in place in readiness for the closure.
The minister of State for Works, Bashir Yuguda, however flagged-off the bridge repairs on Friday.
He said: “This project will last for four months so we are asking for support, understanding, and the cooperation of all Nigerians.”
“This is the most important bridge that we have not only in Nigeria but in Africa, and the president attaches a lot of importance to it”.
Opeifa also implored motorists not to panic during the period, saying alternative routes are available to them.
“We have done it before in 2008 but now it will be better because the options are better with the construction of the other routes. The
options are better as long as we drive safely and in accordance with traffic rules,” he said.
The diversion points for commuters are the University of Lagos Waterfront, Oworonshoki Interchange, and the Adeniji Adele Interchange.
Third mainland Bridge Repairs and Daily Vehicular Traffic Diversion Plan
1. University of Lagos Waterfront (towards Lagos)
2. Oworonshoki Interchange (towards Lagos)
3. Adeniji Adele Interchange (towards Oworonshoki/Toll Gate)
Daily Diversion Periods;
A. 12 Midnight to 12 noon
1. Vehicles approaching from Oworonshoki and Ikeja/Toll gate/Ikorodu Road end of the Bridge will have unhindered access to the bridge towards Lagos Island.
2. Vehicles from the Lagos end to the bridge (from Obalende, Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki, etc.) will be diverted from the Third Mainland Bridge at Adeniji Adele Interchange towards Carter Bridge to link Iddo interchange.
From Iddo to connect Ikeja, Ojota, Ketu, Ikorodu, Agege, Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Agege, Alimosho, Oshodi, Abule Egba etc. via:
a. Herbert Macaulay Road to Jibowu to Ikorodu Road onward.
b. Herbert Macaulay Road to Jibowu to Agege Motor Road to Oshodi onward.
c. Eko Bridge to Funsho Williams Avenue to Ikorodu Road onward.
d. Eko Bridge to Funsho Williams Avenue to Agege Motor Road to Oshodi onward.
e. Ijora to Apapa to Apapa Oshodi Express Way to Oshodi onward.
B. 12 noon to 12 Midnight
1. Vehicles approaching from Oworonshoki and Ikeja/Toll gate/Ikorodu Road end of the Bridge will be diverted at Oworonshoki Interchange.
Through the Oworonshoki Expressway to:
a. Ikorodu Road (via Anthony interchange) to Funsho Williams Avenue to Eko Bridge onward.
b. Agege Motor Road (via Oshodi Interchange) to Moshalasi to Jibowu to Murtala Mohammed way to Iddo onward.
c. Agege Motor Road (via Oshodi Interchange) to Moshalasi to Funsho Williams Avenue to Eko Bridge onward.
d. Apapa Oshodi Express road to Mile 2 onward.
2. Vehicles approaching from the Lagos Island end to the bridge (from Obalende, Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki, etc.) will have unhindered access to use the Third Mainland bridge.
God help Lagosians.