The Federal Government has announced that the Eko and Marine bridges will be reopened to vehicular movement on Monday.
Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, gave the directive, according to a statement issued by Boade Akinola, the ministry’s Director of Press and Publicity, on Saturday.
The government had shut the Eko Bridge and Marine Beach Bridge in March and May respectively for repairs, declaring it unsafe for public use.
But Fashola directed that both bridges be opened to the public on Monday as the contractors have concluded the emergency repairs required.
The statement read: “After concluding urgently needed repair works on Eko and Marine Bridges in Lagos, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has directed that both bridges be reopened to traffic on Monday, October 19, 2020.”
The minister explained that the approval for the reopening of both bridges “was sequel to the report by the contractor handling the projects, Messrs. Buildwell Plant & Equipment Industries Limited that the repair works on the first phase had been completed 100 per cent”.
He thanked Lagosians for their patience, understanding and cooperation while sections of the bridges were closed.
“While the completed section of the Eko Bridge (Lagos Island Bound) should be reopened to traffic, work should commence immediately on the Alaka Bound side of the project,” the statement read.
The 1,350-metre Eko Bridge links the Lagos Mainland to the the Island, while the Marine Bridge connects motorists to the Apapa area of the city.