03 September 2019

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced
that repair works are set to resume on the Third Mainland Bridge. Federal
Controller of Works in Lagos State, Adedamola Kuti said that results of
investigative tests on the bridge were ready and that contractors will move to
site at the completion of the traffic management strategy.

“Once I get our traffic plans approved, work will
soon begin on Third Mainland Bridge. Meanwhile, we have already completed the
resurfacing and the markings, such that you can now drive on Third Mainland
Bridge smoothly. We are also going to repair some of the piles or pillars
carrying the bridge; that is the next phase that we are doing,” said Mr. Kuti.

The Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of three
bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland, the other are the Ekoand
Carter bridges. It was the longest bridge in Africa until 1996 when The 6th
October Bridge in Cairo was completed. The bridge starts from Oworonshoki which
is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi express way and Lagos-Ibadan express way, and
ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island.

The bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and opened by President Ibrahim Babangida in
1990; it measures about 11.8km in length. The bridge which was opened about 30
years ago by the then military government has had haphazard maintenance and
repairs in the past. The investigative maintenance test done is expected to
enable the contractors assess the true state of the bridge after which works
will commence.

The Third Mainland Bridge is an essential part of Lagos’ daily commuting, and as such requires to be constantly renovated.

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