The Federal Government has announced a two-day total shutting down of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State for a concrete work on some sections.
The Federal Controller of Works in the state, Mr Olukayode Popoola, disclosed this to Newsmen in Lagos that the shutting down would begin from midnight of Oct. 30 and end at midnight of Nov. 1. “We are planning to cast two number expansion joints, and we shall close the Third Mainland Bridge from midnight of Oct. 30 until midnight of Nov. 1,’’ Popoola said.
He further stated that there was the need to shut both bounds of the bridge – from Adeniji Adele to Adekunle – in addition to the closed bound of the bridge, to complete the work. According to him, the closure is to ensure that there is no vibration on the bridge during casting in-place of the newly-installed expansion joints.
“This is to allow for setting of the special concrete, which allows the concrete to achieve its required compressive strength,’’ Popoola said. He said that the Federal Government decided to close the bridge on a weekend to minimise the impact on vehicular traffic.
According to him, adequate traffic managers will be deployed to control all the alternative routes. “We regret any inconveniences this two-day closure will cause,’’ Popoola said.
The first total closure of a section of the bridge from Adekunle to Adeniji Adele was done from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11 midnight, to complete the first stage of casting works. The 11.8km bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland.