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Smoother roads ahead as Third Mainland Bridge repairs completed

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mrs. Olukorede Kesha, expressed satisfaction with repairs done on the Third Mainland Bridge, assuring motorists of a “smooth ride” till the commencement of comprehensive rehabilitation in January 2024.

Kesha gave the assurance on Sunday during an on-the-spot assessment of the repairs on the bridge.

The controller had, on Thursday, announced a “24-hour closure of the bridge” to allow for repairs of some critical portions.

The closure took effect from “midnight of Saturday till midnight of Sunday” to reduce the hardship being faced by motorists.

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During the inspection, the controller stopped on various portions between Iyana-Oworo and Adeniji-Adele where “remedial repairs had been done” on a “9.7-kilometre stretch” of the Lagos Island inbound lane.

She stated that the construction was just “palliative work” to keep the highway in good condition pending the comprehensive rehabilitation scheduled for January 2024.

“This repair is going to last beyond January; we don’t intend to do any work that will last only one or two months. Even by January, the road will still be good,” she said.

Kesha said that some of the components needed for the comprehensive rehabilitation works were being imported for the emergency repairs to begin.

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She added that what the Federal Ministry of Works had been doing before now was attending to failed portions, adding that the comprehensive rehabilitation would involve total removal and replacement of the asphalt surface.

The controller added that damaged ramps and expansion joints would be replaced, in addition to the painting of the parapet walls and other major repairs.

According to her, the contract awarded for comprehensive rehabilitation of the bridge in January would last for six months but would be divided into two segments of three months for each phase.

Kesha explained that the comprehensive repairs would give the infrastructure a new lease of life, after which the bridge would wear a new look.

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She urged road users to continue to enjoy a “smooth ride” on the highway, adding, however, that they should observe traffic and safety rules on the highway.

The 11.8-kilometre bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland.

The bridge, which starts from Oworonshoki, linking the Apapa-Oshodi expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, ends at the Adeniji-Adele interchange on Lagos Island.

It was constructed in 1990 and adjudged to be the longest bridge in Africa until 1996, when the construction of the Oct. 6 Bridge in Cairo, Egypt, was completed.

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