The rehabilitation work on the Berger/Kara Bridge section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will resume on January 6.
This was disclosed by Adedamola Kuti, the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, in an interview on Thursday.
The Federal Government had announced the temporary closure of both inbound and outbound section of the bridge on September 2 to allow for some rehabilitation works, but was reopened on December 1 to ease traffic during the festive season.
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With the yuletide season drawing to a close, Kuti said construction workers will return to the bridge on January 6 to complete the reconstruction works.
He stated that palliative construction work continued on the outbound Lagos section of the road during the break.
He said: “When we return to site, work is expected to be faster at the Kara Bridge end because we are fully in the dry season unlike the other time when the work started.
“Everything will be faster and we will likely have speedy completion on most parts of the road.”
The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, said work would be completed by mid-February.
“Now that we are in the dry season, all hands must be on deck so we can spend less time and finish before the rains begin,” he said.
Kuti, however, explained that the barriers on the Magboro/Ibafo section of the road could not be removed during the festive period because of the stage of work as well as for safety reasons.
“We haven’t reached a stage where we can open that section for safety reasons, which explains why we had workers on the ground during the Christmas period and up until now,” he said.
According to him, the work on that section is also expected to be completed by February when the contractor will open another section for reconstruction.
Traffic is expected to increase when construction workers return to recommence rehabilitation works on the Kara Bridge and other sections of the expressway.