shuts down Third Mainland Bridge for three days

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▪︎…Lagos-Ibadan expressway for two days

Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, has announced a shutdown of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

The shutdown, according to him, was to enable the continuation of repair works on the ever-busy bridge.

The shutdown took effect from the night of Friday, December 25, 2020 and would remain closed until midnight of Monday, December 28, 2020.

Popoola said it the repairs were to prevent the vibration of the bridge. Concrete would be cast on the expansion joints.

According to him, “There is going to be a 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 on 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.”

Popoola explained that the full closure of the bridge was necessary because, “If we allow vehicles to be moving on one lane, there is going to be vibrations and the concrete will not set properly.”

He also announced that there would be a partial closure of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for 48 hours, beginning from Monday, December 28 to Tuesday, December 29, for the completion of some repairs.

The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos was partially shut on July 24 for rehabilitation works and a series of repairs.

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