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FG closes Third Mainland bridge Friday |

By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja

The Federal Authorities on Tuesday introduced the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State for scheduled rehabilitation work that can final from July, 2020 to January, 2021.

The Bridge, thought of the busiest within the nation with a complete visitors of 132, 702 automobiles per day might be formally closed to street customers by midnight, Friday July 24.

Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, whereas briefing journalists in Abuja on the proposed upkeep of the Bridge, mentioned that upkeep work might be carried out on a size of three.5 kilometer out of the 11.eight kilometer bridge.

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In keeping with him, the rehabilitation of the bridge grew to become crucial to failing and broken parts, including that the federal government can not afford to rebuild the bridge if allowed to break down.

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He mentioned that the Third Mainland Bridge which hyperlinks the Lagos Island with the Lagos Mainland was among the many bridges designated for upkeep after a complete evaluation of the 37 bridges throughout the nation.

Fashola, whereas appreciating the hardship the closure of the bridge will deliver on Nigerians, famous that there was no different method to perform the upkeep work, including that, “the development of the Bridge spanned three a long time and we can not afford to rebuild it if we permit it completely collapse. Infrastructure should be maintained. After the work is completed, we could have a greater driving expertise on the Bridge.

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The Minister additionally disclosed {that a} sum of N277 billion might be wanted to rehabilitate all of the 37 Bridges throughout the nation.

Earlier, the Director Freeway Bridges and Design, Engineer Emmanuel Adeoye, mentioned that the upkeep work to be achieved on the Bridge embody the alternative of broken bars, hydro-demolition of all non-firm elements and lifting of two of the Bridge Spans.

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Others are anti-rust therapy of uncovered bars, alternative of 14 broken growth joints and different auxiliary works that could be directed by the Engineers.

He mentioned that various routes have been supplied to divert visitors from the Bridge through the six-month upkeep interval.

The Corps Marshal, Federal Highway Security Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, mentioned {that a} complete of 250 Personnel have been deployed to information and administer street visitors inside the interval of the upkeep work to make sure free circulate of visitors.

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