– Eko and Marine bridges will be open to the public from Monday, the federal government has announced
– The minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola made the disclosure in a statement
– This is following the conclusion of urgent repair works on the bridges
The federal government on Saturday, October 17, directed that Eko and Marine Bridges in Lagos state be reopened from Monday, October 19.
Babatunde Fashola, SAN, the minister of works and housing, gave the directive after urgent repair works were concluded on the bridges, The Nation reports.
Fashola in a statement explained that the approval for the reopening of the completed first phase of the repairs was sequel to the report by the contractor handling the projects.
The minister went on to thank Lagosians for their patience, understanding, and cooperation while sections of the bridges were closed for repairs.
He also directed members of the public should be informed of any restrictions to traffic while work is ongoing on the second phase of the project.
While noting that the completed section of the Eko Bridge (Lagos Island Bound) should be reopened to traffic, Fashola added that work should commence immediately on the Alaka Bound side of the bridge.
Recall that the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Works announced that the popular Eko Bridge was going to be partially closed for repairs as worn-out bearings were noticed between Alaka and Costain portion.
The Lagos state government in a tweet announced alternative routes for motorists and urged commuters to be patient and obey traffic officers as they direct people on road diversions while maintenance work was ongoing on. Read more:
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the busy Lagos Third Mainland Bridge that has been undergoing scheduled maintenance by the federal ministry of works was totally closed for three days.
Olukayode Popoola, the federal controller of works in Lagos made the announcement on Wednesday, October 7.
He said that the bridge was to be shut down from midnight on Friday, October 9 to midnight on Sunday, October 11.
According to Popoola, the closure is to carry out special repair works on the 11.8km platform as the construction has reached a stage where there should not be any form of movement or vibration for concrete casting.
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