The Federal Government of Nigeria on Tuesday, December 22, announced that it will shut down the third mainland bridge for three days during the festive season.
According to reports the closure will take effect starting from December 25th midnight.
The Federal controller of works in Lagos, Mr. Olukayode Popoola stated that the 48 hours partial closure of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29 was put in place in order to complete some work on a fly over bridge on the project.
He appealed to road users to cooperate with traffic regulatory agencies, and stated that all the alternative routes were in good condition and traffic regulatory agencies had been deployed to effectively divert and manage traffic to avert gridlock.
He stated to newsmen as follows;
“There is going to be total closure of Third Mainland Bridge in order to allow for the casting of three number expansion joints on the Island Bound lane
The effective date of the closure will be from 12:00 midnight of 25th of December. So people will be allowed to use the Third Mainland Bridge to celebrate Christmas.
By the time the Christmas is winding down which is 12:00 midnight, we are going to close it so that we will be able to cast the concrete on Saturday the 26th and 27th we cast again.
And we need about 72 hours for this concrete to set. Therefore, the opening will be on the 28th December midnight, that is 72-hour closure.
This is to prevent vibration of the bridge. If we allow vehicles to be moving on one lane, there is going to be vibrations and the concrete will not set properly.”
Mr. Popoola appealed for patience and understanding of road users saying that the construction was part of the progress that the Federal Government had achieved on the project.