The Federal Government has announced that it will commence a three-month repair work on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. The repair works will involve the resurfacing and lighting of the bridge, as well as the replacement of the railings and the installation of solar-powered lights and CCTV cameras.
The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, disclosed this after inspecting the underdecks of some bridges on Lagos Island. He said that the repair work was necessary to ensure the safety and aesthetics of the bridge, which has not been overhauled in the last 30 years.
Umahi assured that the repair works would not cause any inconvenience to motorists, as they would be carried out only between midnight and 4 a.m. and only on weekends. He said that traffic would be diverted to one lane at a time, while the other lane would be repaired.
He also said that the repair work would be done in four phases, with the first phase starting on Wednesday. He said that the first phase would involve resurfacing and lighting of the bridge, while the second phase would involve repairs of deflected slabs, bearings, piers, and pile caps.
He added that the third phase would involve repairs of expansion joints and bearings, while the fourth phase would involve repairs of cracks and spalls. He said that the contract for the repair work had already been awarded by the Federal Government and that some elements of the repairs had to be imported.
He said that the Federal Government was committed to maintaining and improving the infrastructure in Lagos State, especially the bridges. He said that some other bridges on Lagos Island, such as Carter Bridge, Independence Bridge, and Shoreline Protection at Marina, as well as Iganmu and Marine Beach Bridges, had also been inspected and would be repaired soon.