The Lagos state government has announced the reopening of the third mainland bridge that has been closed since last week Thursday.
Though, the opening of the bridge comes earlier beyond the stipulated time the bridge was initially set to be opened.
It will be recalled that the Lagos state government, in collaboration with the Federal Government, had temporarily shut the bridge for the test with the closure initially scheduled to last from midnight of Thursday last week to midnight of Sunday. It was, however, reopened at 5:00 pm on Sunday.
According to the statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr Taiwo Salaam, the decision to reopen the bridge earlier than announced followed the completion of the exercise by engineers. The closure of the bridge on Thursday last week was supervised by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, and officials of relevant government agencies. Following the closure, LASTMA deployed 650 personnel to all alternative routes to the Third Mainland Bridge, to ensure the free flow of traffic on the roads.
LASTMA’s General Manager, Mr Olawale Musa, had said that the agency was aware of the volume of traffic on the Third Mainland Bridge and the consequences of diverting such huge traffic on the alternative routes during the period. He had asked the officers on duty to show compassion to motorists, especially those that were unfamiliar with the alternative routes and other roads in the metropolis. Mr Musa also urged motorists and commuters to be patient and cooperative with the traffic officers, to ensure a free flow of traffic on all alternative routes during the closure.
Meanwhile, with the successful completion of the maintenance testing of the bridge it is expected that the bridge might be closed for days in future time when the Federal government get ready to start the rehabilitation process.