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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 may final from July, 2020 to January, 2021.

The Bridge, thought of the busiest within the nation with a complete visitors of 132, 702 autos per day will likely 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, stated that upkeep work will likely be carried out on a size of three.5 kilometer out of the 11.eight kilometer bridge.

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In accordance with him, the rehabilitation of the bridge turned 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 stated 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 solution to perform the upkeep work, including that, “the development of the Bridge spanned three many years and we can not afford to rebuild it if we enable it completely collapse. Infrastructure have to be maintained. After the work is completed, we can have a greater driving expertise on the Bridge.

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

Earlier, the Director Freeway Bridges and Design, Engineer Emmanuel Adeoye, stated that the upkeep work to be performed on the Bridge embrace the substitute 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, substitute of 14 broken growth joints and different auxiliary works that could be directed by the Engineers.

He stated that different routes have been supplied to divert visitors from the Bridge throughout the six-month upkeep interval.

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

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