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Nigeria to completely shut down Third Mainland Bridge for 3 days

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that the Third Mainland Bridge will be completely closed for 3 days for another round of repairs. According to the Federal Controller of Works Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, the shutdown would take effect from midnight on Friday to midnight of Monday, February 1.

“Construction works have reached the stage for casting concrete on additional three expansion joints, hence the need to stop all movements on the bridge that could cause vibrations,” he said. He further added that the 72 hours closure was to ensure that the concrete sets properly during the curing process’ to make the rehabilitation works perfect and durable.

“Messers Boroni Prono is planning to cast three number expansion joints on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st. This will require total closure of Third Mainland bridge from 12:00 midnight of Friday 29th till midnight of Monday 1st February 2021,” said Popoola.

He also apologized for any inconveniences this may cause and appealed for the understanding of Lagos residents.

Also Read: Third mainland bridge in Nigeria to be re-opened by 15th February

Rehabilitation of Third Mainland Bridge

In early January, The Federal Government announced plans to shut the Lagos Island-bound traffic on the Third Mainland Bridge for two weeks commencing from Wednesday, January 13, 2021, as part of ongoing rehabilitation works.

According to Federal Controller, Works Lagos, Engr. Popoola Olukayode, the contractor planned to shift the current diversion point 2km towards Oworonsoki and close to traffic the Lagos Island-bound carriageway including the Adekunle bound slip road beside the current diversion points for two weeks starting from Wednesday, January 12, to 27, 2021 to enable the contractor to remove, replace and cast in place joint 23 after the current diversion point alongside the other two joints, 16 and 17 on presently on the Lagos Island-bound carriageway.

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Dennis Ayemba
Country/ Features Editor, Kenya

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