The full reopening of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State scheduled for 15 February has been further delayed till the end of the month.
The bridge will now be opened by the end of the month, Olukayode Popoola Sunday, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos. told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday.
“Third Mainland Bridge will no longer be opened on the 15th of February 2021 as announced earlier on.
“In order not to create untold hardship for the motoring public using the Third Mainland Bridge for their daily activities, the contractor is not allowed to close the Third Mainland Bridge during the week to cast concrete.
“Lane markings on the completed section must be completed,’’ he said.
“The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing regret the inconveniences the extra days may have caused the Lagosians,’’ he said.
Sunday explained that the contractor will cast concrete on the last expansion joint next weekend, adding that they need about three or four days to do post-tensioning before full reopening.
He, however, noted that during work days vehicular movement will be allowed on the portion of the bridge that is not affected.
“We are looking at the end of the month for the reopening of the bridge. That is end of this February,” he said.
“Casting will be done next weekend for the last expansion joint, it will require total closure of the bridge next weekend just to prevent vibration.
“So if we close the bridge Friday night, then we cast on Saturday by Sunday we will open it. That will be the last total closure to fix the last expansion joint.”